Russia, 1908, 10mn 
Black and white, silent, fiction
Stenka Razin
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Стенька Разин (Понизовая вольница)


 Stenka Razine

 Ponizovaya Volnitsa (Ponisobaya volnitsa

Directed by : Vladimir ROMASHKOV (Владимир РОМАШКОВ)
Writing credits : Vasili GONCHAROV (Василий ГОНЧАРОВ)
Cinematography : Aleksandr DRANKOV (Александр ДРАНКОВ), Nikolay KOZLOVSKY (Николай КОЗЛОВСКИЙ)
Produced by : Aleksandr DRANKOV (Александр ДРАНКОВ)
Production : A. Drankov, Atelier cinématographique d'Alexandre Drankov
Release date in Russia : 15/10/1908

Plot synopsis
The first Russian feature.
«Having spent enormous amounts of money, human labor and time I did everything in my power to ensure that the technical and artistic level of the movie is appropriately high for an epoch-making film in our cinema» (Aleksandr Drankov).

Commentaries and bibliography
Dix faits que vous ne connaissiez (probablement) pas sur le cinéma russe, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2023
Quel a été le premier long métrage réalisé en Russie impériale?, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2023
Киностудии дореволюционной России [Studios d'avant la Révolution russe], Анастасия ВОЙКО, culture.ru, 2015
Movie Poster of the Week: “The Abyss” and Other Pre-Revolutionary Russian Posters, Adrian Curry, MUBI, 2012
«И за борт ее бросает, в набежавшую волну…» [О фильме Стенька Разин], culture.ru,
Sten’ka Razin has the distinction of being the first Russian dramatic production — a tribute to the determination of its producer, Aleksandr Drankov. When his first seventeen actualities failed to win serious attention in early 1908, he answered the widespread call for Russian-made films with Sten’ka Razin. This account of the popular brigand leader who dallied with a captured Persian princess was adapted from a traditional ballad “From the Island to the Deep Stream” and Drankov commissioned original music to accompany his film from no less than Ippolitov-lvanov, then head of the Moscow Conservatoire. Energetic promotion ensured the film’s commercial success and launched Drankov’s career as a producer.
Source : www.milestonefilms.com

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Fondation Jérôme Seydoux. L'âge d'or du cinéma muet russe (1908-1934), Paris (France), 2015
- Les rencontres culturelles Russenko, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre (France), 2011
- Russische Filmwoche in Berlin, Berlin (Germany), 2008
- 'Il Cinema Ritrovato' Festival, Bologna (Italy), 2008
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2008
- Images Russie 1908-1930 au musée d'Orsay, Paris (France), 2005

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