Russia, 1936, 85mn 
Black and white, fiction
The Dowerless Bride
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 La Fille sans dot


Directed by : Yakov PROTAZANOV (Яков ПРОТАЗАНОВ)
Writing credits : Yakov PROTAZANOV (Яков ПРОТАЗАНОВ), Vladimir SHVEITSER (Владимир ШВЕЙЦЕР)
Nina ALISOVA (Нина АЛИСОВА) ...Larissa
Mikhail KLIMOV (Михаил КЛИМОВ) ...Knourov
Anatoli KTOROV (Анатолий КТОРОВ) ...Paratov
Vladimir POPOV (Владимир ПОПОВ) ...Robinson
Olga PYZHOVA (Ольга ПЫЖОВА) ...Ogoudalova
Boris TENIN (Борис ТЕНИН) ...Bojevatov
Cinematography : Mark MAGIDSON (Марк МАГИДСОН)
Production design : Anatoli ARAPOV (Анатолий АРАПОВ)
Music : David BLOK (Давид БЛОК)
Sound : Vladimir_2 DMITRIYEV (Владимир_2 ДМИТРИЕВ), Sergey IURTZEV (Сергей ЮРЦЕВ)
Production : Rot-Front ("Рот-фронт")
Spectators : 20 millions of spectators
Release date in Russia : 26/01/1937
Site : IMDb

Awards :
Médaille d'or à l'Exposition Internationale des Arts décoratifs, Paris, 1937

Plot synopsis
Filmed in 1937, the Russian Without Dowry was released in America in 1946, one year after the death of its director, Yakov Protazanov. Produced on a far-less epic scale than most Protazanov films, this is a merciless satire of the Russian dowry system in particular and the Czarist regime in general. The heroine (Nina Alisova) is promised in marriage to a bureaucrat (Victor Balikhin), who is interested only in receiving the girl's dowry. Maintaining a gently comic tone throughout most of the proceedings, the story dovetails almost imperceptibly into tragedy. The musical score is based upon Tchaikovsky's Pathetique, with a few Russian folk songs woven in.
Hal Erickson, www.allmovie.com

Commentaries and bibliography
La Fille sans dot à l'écran (Protazanov - 1936), Nina QYMCHITZ, Hélène HENRY-SAFIER, La Revue russe N°56, 2021, 2021

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Festival "Toute la Mémoire du Monde" à la Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2017
- Festival ''Cinema and literature'', Gatchina (Russia), 2013
- Festival "Vivat Kino Rossii", St Petersburg (Russia), 2011

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