Aleksandr DOVZHENKO
Александр ДОВЖЕНКО
Aleksandr DOVJENKO
USSR, 1939, 118mn 
Black and white, fiction
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 Shchors

 Chtchors

 
Directed by : Aleksandr DOVZHENKO (Александр ДОВЖЕНКО)
Writing credits : Aleksandr DOVZHENKO (Александр ДОВЖЕНКО)
 
Cast
Yevgeni BALIEV (Евгений БАЛИЕВ)
Ganna BORISOGLEBSKAIA (Ганна БОРИСОГЛЕБСКАЯ)
Valeria DRAGA (Валерия ДРАГА)
Anatoli GORYUNOV (Анатолий ГОРЮНОВ)
Aleksandr GRECHANY (Александр ГРЕЧАНЫЙ)
Fyodor ISHCHENKO (Федор ИЩЕНКО) ...Petro Tchi
Aleksandr KHVYLIA (Александр ХВЫЛЯ)
Gans KLERING (Ганс КЛЕРИНГ)
Sergey KOMAROV (Сергей КОМАРОВ)
Lucas LIASHENKO (Лука ЛЯШЕНКО) ...Seniak
Nikolay MAKARENKO (Николай МАКАРЕНКО) ...Antoniouk
Pyotr MASOKHA (Пётр МАСОХА)
Dmitry MILIUTENKO (Дмитрий МИЛЮТЕНКО)
Nina NIKITINA (Нина НИКИТИНА) ...Nastia, la fiancée
Georgi POLEZHAEV (Георгий ПОЛЕЖАЕВ)
Yevgeni SAMOILOV (Евгений САМОЙЛОВ) ...Chtchors
Ivan SKURATOV (Иван СКУРАТОВ) ...Bojenko
 
Cinematography : Yuri EKELCHIK (Юрий ЕКЕЛЬЧИК)
Production design : Moritz UMANSKY (Мориц УМАНСКИЙ)
Music : Dmitry KABALEVSKY (Дмитрий КАБАЛЕВСКИЙ)
Sound : Nikolay TIMARTSEV (Николай ТИМАРЦЕВ)
Editing : O. SKRYPNIK (О. СКРЫПНИК)
Companies : Studio Dovzhenko
Spectators : 15 million spectators in the USSR
Restauration : Mosfilm (1964)
Release Date in Russia : 01/04/1939
 
Site : IMDb

Awards :
Prix Staline de degré I

Plot synopsis
Nikolai Shchors was one of the few indisputable Bolshevik icons of Ukrainian origin; Dovzhenko's film on him began as a specific personal commission from Stalin - to direct "a Ukrainian Chapayev," after the wild success in 1934 of the Vasilyev's comic biopic, which portrayed a wily, folksy Red Army commander (the hit that still endures). Uncomfortable with the assignment, yet clearly under pressure, Dovzhenko threw himself into his research on the project, only to discover that many of Shchors's comrades from the old days had by that point been purged. Clearly made under the sign of "socialist realism," Dovzhenko portrays the film as a model of clear-headed political vision, although obviously much more of a sophisticate than the homespun Chapayev; he quotes Shevchenko to his troops and even keeps a portrait of Pushkin at his HQ.
Source : www.seagullfilms.com
 

commentaries
Des territoires de projection : la représentation des confins dans le cinéma soviétique (1928-1968), Catherine GÉRY, Presses de l'Inalco, 2016
Эволюция образа Белого движения в отечественном и зарубежном игровом кинематографе звукового периода., Aleksandr FEDOROV, МОО «Информация для всех», 2015
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2009
- Europalia Russia 2005, Brussels (Belgium), 2005
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 1989

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