Nikolay SHPIKOVSKY
Николай ШПИКОВСКИЙ
Nikolaï CHPIKOVSKI
USSR, 1929, 80mn 
Black and white, silent, fiction
Shkurnik
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Шкурник

 

 The Self Seeker

 Le Profiteur

Russian subtitle : Знакомое лицо
Other titles : Знакомое лицо / Цыбала / История одного обывателя
 
Directed by : Nikolay SHPIKOVSKY (Николай ШПИКОВСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Vadim OKHRIMENKO (Вадим ОХРИМЕНКО), Boris ROSENZWEIG (Борис РОЗЕНЦВЕЙГ), Nikolay SHPIKOVSKY (Николай ШПИКОВСКИЙ)
 
Cast
Ivan SADOVSKY (Иван САДОВСКИЙ)
Lucas LIASHENKO (Лука ЛЯШЕНКО)
Dora FELLER-SHPIKOVSKAYA (Дора ФЕЛЛЕР-ШПИКОВСКАЯ)
Dmitry KAPKA (Дмитрий КАПКА)
S. VLASENKO (С. ВЛАСЕНКО)
 
Cinematography : Aleksey PANKRATEV (Алексей ПАНКРАТЬЕВ)
Production design : Solomon ZARITSKY (Соломон ЗАРИЦКИЙ)
 
Site : IMDb

Plot synopsis
An opportunistic Kyivan Apollon Shmyguyev, whose peaceful bourgeois life is interrupted by the civil war, decides to wait out the trouble in the South of Ukraine, which is under the rule of the Russian White Army. After gathering left off goods on Andriyivskyi descent in Kyiv, he goes on a journey with a camel, which somehow had strayed to his house. In the midway he is stopped by the Red Army: the camel gets confiscated for the needs of revolution, and Apollon appears in the disposal of the Bolshevik commissar. Zealous and cunning, Apollon quickly takes lead of the local commissariat. But the engrained thirst for a profit once again puts his life in danger.
 

commentaries
Героическая комедия и её герои [La comédie héroïque et ses héros], Oleg KOVALOV, cinematheque.ru, 2010
 
Restored recently this year, "The Self-seeker" used to be banned from screening for anti-Soviet sarcasm. Its single remaining copy was discovered in the State Film Archive of Russian Federation thanks to the small note in writings of Osip Mandelstam.
This grotesque lampoon of Soviet authorities, compared to its contemporary propaganda flicks, proves to be a highly artistic film as well as a manifesto.
The renovated silent film is to be screened at the festival's Grand Opening Ceremony to the accompaniment of Kyiv-Classic symphonic orchestra under Herman Makarenko's conduction. Musical accompaniment to the film was written by Vyacheslav Nazarov who created soundtracks for dozens of Ukrainian movies.
Screening is organised by Dovzhenko National Centre.
Source: www.molodist.com

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- L'URSS des cinéastes à la Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : deuxième partie, Paris (France), 2017
- The USSR of filmmakers at the Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : first and second part, Paris (France), 2017
- Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Pordenone (Italy), 2013
- Kyiv International Film Festival 'Molodist', Kiev (Ukraine), 2012
- Festival "Polka. liberated cinema", Moscow (Russia), 2011

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