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PREFACE TO THE CATALOGUE


This is the revised and enlarged edition of the “Catalogue of Lenfilm Studio Feature Films 1918 — 1989”, published in 1991. It contains description of feature films made at the Lenfilm Studio in the period of 1918 — 1997.

The catalogue includes full length films and short films (including TV films) and a number of examination and diploma works made at the studio by students — the future cinematographers.

Each film is provided with information that includes the title, year of production, the basic technical data and characteristics, names of the main authors and actors as well as the brief annotation.

The catalogue includes films made in collaboration with local and foreign studios.

As a rule, the catalogue does not include documentary, educational and made to order films, produced by Lenfilm Studio in different periods of time and in different volumes. The exception was made for documentaries made in the years of 1950 — 1952 and cartoons made in the years of 1920 —1940 and a few others which present, from our point of view, a strong interest for the history of the studio.

For several films (in most cases — for educational, cartoons and films made in the ‘20s) it was not possible to establish the full data, so only part of the information is provided.

The principal source for the information given in the catalogue is the data base of Lenfilm Studio films compiled by a film historian and an editor of the Lenfilm Sudio Dmitry Ivaneyev who was using film screenplays, the films, catalogues and card indexes of the Russian State Film Archives.

The films are arranged in chronological order, according to the year of completion of production. Each title has a number, and index at the end of the catalogue lists titles of all the films in alphabetical order with the number. The catalogue is supplied with supplements, list of films in alphabetical order and index of film directors.

All the films made before 1931 are silent, all films made beginning from 1935 are sound films.

The catalogue was prepared for publication by editors of the Public Relations Department of the Lenfilm Studio Dmitry Ivanayev (films made in 1918 — 1959), Svetlana Kolomoyets (films made in 1960 — 1989), Viktoria Mukhina (films made in 1990 — 1996)...


List of abbreviations used in the catalogue:

b/w — black and white

min. — minutes

1 UPLOTNENIYE (REDUCTION OF LIVING SPACE)

1918, 56 min., b/w

Propaganda film

Directors: Alexander Panteleyev, Nikolay Pashkovsky, Anatoly Dolinov, screenplay: Anatoly Lunacharsky, Alexander Panteleyev, camera: V. Lemke

Cast: Ivan Lersky, Dmitry Leshchenko

About a year has passed since the October Revolution of 1917. Things are not going smoothly in the family of an old honored professor. He sympathizes with the revolution, his eldest son, a former military cadet, is the enemy of the revolution, his youngest son is at the cross-roads.. And in addition the professor is forced to give part of his apartment to a worker with a daughter who move to professor’s place from a wet basement.

The first feature film made by Petrograd Cinema Committee, the predecessor of Lenfilm Studio, was shot within several days at the committee’s premises.

2 BORTSY ZA SVETLOYE TSARSTVO TRETYEGO INTERNATSIONALA (FIGHTERS FOR THE BRIGHT KINGDOM OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL)

1919, b/w

Propaganda film

Director: Boris Svetlov, screenplay: Zakhary Grinberg, camera: Friedrich Verigo-Dorovsky

Cast: M. Barash, S. Neradovsky, Anna Panova, Alexander Razumny

Authors of the film tried to give viewers some idea of the essence of class struggle and tell about attempts of bourgeoisie to play off people of different nationalities against each other and thus to disunite proletariat.


3 VSE POD RUZHYO (ALL TO ARMS)


1919, b/w

Propaganda film

Written and directed by: Boris Svetlov, camera: V. Lemke

Cast: Bulovsky, Volkhonsky, Golubeva, Nikolai Dorian, Krasovsky, Anna Panova

The propaganda film called on working people to resist general’s Yudenich troops in the days when the White Army was attacking Petrograd.



4 POBEDA MAYA (MAY VICTORY)

1919, 16 min., b/w

Propaganda film

Director: Boris Svetlov, screenplay: P. Sepp, camera: V. Lemke

The film is centered around contraposition of free life in the young Soviet republic and police

regime in Russia under tzars.

5 PROLETARGRAD NA STRAZHE REVOLUTSII (PROLETARGRAD ON GUARD OF REVOLUTION)

1919, 22 min., b/w

Propaganda film

Written and directed by: Boris Svetlov, camera: V. Lemke

The propaganda film made as a report on the subject of “What Will the White Army Bring Us?”. Some theses were illustrated by scenes from life of workers and bourgeoisie.



6 VZYATIYE ZIMNEGO DVORTSA (SEIZURE OF THE WINTER PALACE)

1920, b/w

Propaganda film

Directors: Nikolai Yevreinov, Konstantin Derzhavin, Alexander Kugel, Nikolai Petrov, Leonid Vivyen, N. Misheyev, film shooting directed by: Boris Svetlov, production designer: Yuri Annenkov

Screen version of mass performance shown on November 7, 1920 on the Palace Square.

The “Proletkult” actors and a crowd of several thousand people took part in the performance.


7 GIMN OSVOBOZHDYONNOMU TRUDU (HYMN TO LIBERATED LABOR)

1920, b/w

Propaganda film

Pantomime directed by: Alexander Kugel, S. Maslov, film shooting directed by: Boris Svetlov, production designers: Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Yuri Annenkov

Screen version of mass pantomime of the same title that was shown on May 1, 1920 in Petrograd, near the former Stock Exchange building on the spit of Vasilyevsky Island. Over 4000 people took part in the performance.



8 GOLOD (STARVATION)

1921, b/w

Propaganda film

Written and directed by: Alexander Ivanov-Gay, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky

Cast: Vladimir Vikulin, Sergei Shklyarevsky, Yelizaveta Time, Kondrat Yakovlev, Pavel Leshkov

Active villagers together with a young worker who was sent from the town

are fighting to create a commune. Rich villagers are trying to prevent it.

9 LESNIYE BRATYA (FOREST BROTHERS)

1921, b/w

Propaganda film

Written and directed by: Boris Svetlov, camera: V. Lemke

Screen version of A. Budilev’s story of the same title on revolutionary struggle of Latvian people in 1905.



10 A TAM (AND THERE...)

1922, b/w

Propaganda film

Written and directed by: Vladimir Maximov, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky

Cast: Vladimir Maximov

Showing of the film was accompanied by actor’s declamation.


11 DOLYA TY RUSSKAYA, DOLYUSHKA ZHENSKAYA (RUSSUIAN WOMAN’S LOT)

1922, 54 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Boris Svetlov, screenplay: Maria Sverchkova, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky

Cast: N. Gasilov, Ursula Krug, Yelena Chaika, Georgy Aleksandrov, Veronika Buzhinskaya, Vasily Kozhura, Fyodor Mishin

Village girl Marisha is in love with coachman Yakov. Marisha’s father, a wealthy peasant, does not allow his daughter to marry a coachman. Soon Marisha gives birth to a child. Persecuted by village philistines Marisha plunges with her son into the river.



12 NET SCHASTYA NA ZEMLE (THERE IS NO HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD)

1922, 39 min., b/w

Melodrama

Written and directed by Alexander Panteleyev, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky

Cast: Roman Apollonsky, Alexander Panteleyev, Alexandra Chizhevskaya, Raisa Mamontova, Sergei Shklyarevsky

Newly-weds Vera and Nikolai live in poverty. By chance Vera meets rich man Obolensky, an old friend of Nikolai, who returned to Russia after spending several years in America. They start dating. During one of their rendezvous Nikolai commits suicide before their eyes. Vera goes mad.



13 OTETS SERAFIM (FATHER SERAFIM)

1922, 54 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Panteleyev, screenplay: Alexander Zarin, camera: Ivan Frolov


Cast: Nikolay Khodotov, Pyotr Andriyevsky, Yelena Tumanskaya, Alexandra Chizhevskaya, Alexander Larikov, Sergei Shklyarevsky

The plot of the film includes story of mother of a worker — member of a secret revolutionary organization. At home mother happens to find at home revolutionary leaflets and decides to take them to the priest.



14 SKAZ O TOM KAK LAPOTNIKI V RAZUM VOSHLI (TALE OF PEASANTS WHO CAME TO THEIR SENSES)

1922, b/w

Comedy

Written and directed by: Alexander Panteleyev, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky

Comedy film made as a study work of the First Petrograd Group of Cinema Actors deals with awakening of revolutionary consciousness in working people.



15 SKORB BESKONECHNAYA (ENDLESS SORROW)

1922, 80 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Panteleyev, screenplay: Alexander Zarin, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky, production designer: V. Vorobyov

Cast: Vladimir Maximov, Yelena Chaika, Ursula Krug, Pyotr Kirillov, G. Fyodorov

The film is focused on the story of assistant-professor Korenev. During mass starvation of 1921 — 1922 in the Volga region Korenev’s family died and he got seriously ill. Having recovered he goes with a hospital team to fight starvation.

The documentary sequences shot in the Volga region were included in the film.

16 CHUDOTVORETS (WONDER-WORKER)

1922, 43 min., b/w

Comedy


Director: Alexander Panteleyev, screenplay: Alexander Zarin, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky

Cast: Pyotr Kirillov, Yelena Tumanskaya, Vasily Kozhura, Raisa Mamontova

The comedy is set at the beginning of the 19th century. The Virgin appeared before a soldier who was on sentry duty near a wonder-working icon and gave him an expensive diamond.



17 DVORETS I KREPOST (PALACE AND FORTRESS)

1923, 57 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Ivanovsky, screenplay: Olga Forsh, Pavel Shchegolev, camera: Ivan Frolov, Viktor Glass, production designers: Vladimir Shchuko, Boros Rerikh

Cast: Yevgeny Boronikhin, Yuri Korvin-Krukovsky, Yelena Khmelevskaya, Maria Yuryeva, Sergei Shishko, Gennady Michurin, Lev Dobrovolsky

Loosely based on Pavel Shchegolev’s novel “The Mysterious Prisoner”

Story of tragic fate of Mikhail Beideman, a Peter and Paul Fortress prisoner, who spent over 20 years in a stone cell of Alexeyevsky ravelin.

18 DIPLOMATICHESKAYA TAINA (DIPLOMATIC SECRET)

1923, 65 min., b/w

Adventure

Director: Boris Chaikovsky, screenplay: Lev Nikulin, camera: Grigory Giber

Cast: Yevgeniya Khovanskaya, Vladimir Maksimov, Oleg Frelikh, Iona Talanov, Ivan Khudoleyev, Vasily Kozhura

Loosely based on Lev Nikulin’s novel “No Accidents”.

Ali Khan, a former Secretary of the Council of Ministers of an invented country of Gulistan, sacked at request of British officials, accidentally gets hold of a document compromising reputation of British ambassador. When the British ambassador discovers that the document disappeared he orders the secretary of the embassy to find it. The chase after Ali Khan begins...


19 YEST KONTAKT! (THERE IS CONTACT!)

1923, 9 min., b/w

Propaganda film

Written and directed by: Vladimir Maksimov, camera: Friedrich Verigo-Dorovsky

Cast: Vladimir Maksimov

An experienced aviator tells about history of Russian aviation and urges to restore Russian air fleet. Demonstration of the film, based on archives’ material, was accompanied by declamation of actor Vladimir Maksimov



20 ZA VLAST SOVETOV (FOR THE POWER OF SOVIETS)

1923, 73 min., b/w

Adventure

Director: Alexander Panteleyev, screenplay: Daniil Gessen, Alexander Litvinov, V. Kartsev, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney

Cast: Roman Apollonsky, Yuri Korvin-Krukovsky, Alexander Lyubosh, Pyotr Andriyevsky, Clara Klodnitskaya, Alexei Goryushin

Dramatic love story of a worker who gets in love with a White Army spy is shown against a backdrop of historical episodes of the defence of Petrograd in 1918.



21 KOMEDIANTKA (A COMEDIAN)

1923, 57 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Alexander Ivanovsky, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky, production designer: Viktor Ballyuzek

Cast: Kondrat Yakovlev, Pyotr Andriyevsky, Nina Shaternikova, Sergei Shishko, Yelena Tumanskaya, Yekaterina Korchagina-Alexandrovskaya, Alexander Panteleyev

Loosely based on Nikolai Leskov’s short story “Toupee Artist”

A tragic life story of a serf girl who was an actress.


22 TORGOVY DOM “ANTANTA I KO” (THE ENTENTE AND CO. TRADE HOUSE)

1923, 20 min., b/w

Political grotesque

Director: Konstantin Derzhavin, screenplay: Nikolai Agnivtsev, camera: Leopold Verigo-Dorovsky, production designer: Moisei Levin

Cast: Leonid Utesov, Darya Gamalei, An German, Alexander Mgebrov, Konstantin Gibshman

Screen version of mass political grotesque show staged on the Palace Square during October Revolution celebrations in Petrograd.



23 CHASOVNYA SVYATOGO IOANNA (ST. JOHN’S CHAPEL)

1923, 62 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Boris Chaikovsky, screenplay: Lev Nikulin, camera: Griogory Giber

Cast: Nina Sokolovskaya, Vasily Kozhura, Vladimir Maksimov, Yevgeniya Khovanskaya, Ivan Khudoleyev, Yelena Chaika, Iona Talanov

Loosely based on Herman Heijermans’s play “The Good Hope” and Victor Hugo’s novel “Toilers of the Sea”.

The story is set in Russia. Two brothers from a poor fisherman’s family are compelled to go to work for owner of a large fishing company. He sends the brothers to his “Lena” boat being perfectly aware of the fact that the old boat can sink any moment. And this is exactly what happens. The brothers perish and the owner of the company gets large insurance and donates part of the money on construction of a chapel in memory of perished fishermen.

24 BEDNYAKU VPROK — KULAKU V BOK (WHAT IS GOOD FOR POOR PEASANT IS BAD FOR KULAK”


1924, 34 min. b/w

Propaganda film

Director: Yakov Poselsky, screenplay: Daniil Gessen, camera: Grigory Giber

Cast: Iona Talanov, Ivan Shtraukh, M. Lavrova

The film urged peasants to have their buildings and live-stock insured in Gosstrakh agencies.



25 VANKA — YUNY PIONER (YOUNG PIONEER VANKA)

1924, 46 min., b/w

Film-novel

Written and directed by: Pyotr Malakhov, camera: Leonid Drankov

Cast: Shura Konstantinov, Ursula Krug, Alexander Maseyev, P. Vasilyev

Village boy Vanka dreams of becoming a pioneer. He runs away from home, comes to the city and joins the pioneer organization. Some time later he returns to his village and organizes there a pioneer team.



26 KAMERGER YEGO VELICHESTVA (HIS MAJESTY’S GENTLEMAN-IN-ATTENDANCE)

1924, 61 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Mikhail Doronin, screenplay: Lev Nikulin, camera: Leopold Veriogo-Dorovsky

Cast: Mikhail Doronin, Olga Bystritskaya, Yelena Chaika, Oleg Frelikh

A courtier Sergei Shatov meets in the Crimea Asya, the granddaughter a palace gardener, and tries to seduce the girl. He informs police on his rival, accusing the young gardener of preparing assassination of Nicholas II. When Asya finds out about the report she kills Shatov and runs away to the mountains.


27 KONETS RODA LUNICH (END OF THE LUNICH FAMILY)


1924, 80 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Oleg Freilikh, screenplay: Lev Nikulin, camera: Friedrich Verigo-Dorovsky

Cast: Ivan Khudoleyev, Vladimir Maksimov, Yelena Chaika, Olga Bystritskaya, Oleg Freilikh, Iona Talanov, Yevgeniya Khovanskaya, Mikhail Doronin

Based on “The Useless Victory”, an early story by Anton Chekhov

Hungarian vagrant musician takes revenge on the countess who insulted her father.

28 KRASNYE PARTIZANY (RED PARTISANS)

1924, 100 min., b/w

Historical-revolutionary film

Director: Vyacheslav Viskovsky, screenplay: Boris Leonidov, camera: Friedrich Verigo-Dorovsky, production designers: Vladimir Yegorov, Yevgeny Eney

Cast: M. Lomakin, Nikolai Simonov, Ye. Rudina, Vera Vladimirova, Valery Solovtsev

The film tells about the struggle of Siberian partisans against Kolchak’s gangs.



29 N + N + N

1924, 13 min., b/w

Satire

Written and directed by: Vladimir Shmidthof, camera: N. Yefremov

Cast: Mark Dobrynin, Irina Kunina, Yu. Daminskaya

Film satirizes “nepmans” (nouveau riches of the 20es), involved in trade speculations and evading from taxation.



30 POKHOZHDENIYA OKTYABRINY (ADVENTURES OF OKTYABRINA)

1924, 35 min., b/w


Eccentric comedy

Written and directed by: Grigory Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg, camera: Friedrich Verigo-Dorovsky, Ivan Frolov

Cast: Zinaida Tarakhovskaya, Yevgeny Kumeiko, Sergei Martinson, Antonio Tserep, Fyodor Knorre

Oktyabrina, a Young Communist Leager and a house-manager has mechanized her household. She gives instructions to her staff over the radio, the yardman is riding around the premises on a motorbike. She moves one of the tenants, the “nepman” who pretends to be unemployed and does not pay the rent, to the roof of the building. Feeling very depressed the “nepman” opens a bottle of beer. Coolidge Poincare gets out of the bottle. They decide to get hold of the Gosbank cash box, but Oktyabrina finds out about their plan and begins her struggle with the malefactors. With the help of Young Communist Leagers and modern technology Oktyabrina wins the battle.



31 PROSTYYE SERDTSA (SIMPLE HEARTS)

1924, 59 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Ivan Khudoleyev, screenplay: Elga Grig, Ivan Khudoleyev, camera: Leopold Verigo-Dorovsky

Cast: M. Barash, Yevgeny Boronikhin, Yelena Chaika, Vladimir Maksimov, Oleg Frelikh

Loosely based on Alfred Tennyson’s poem “The Saved”

The film is set in Russia of the beginning of the XXth century.

Young girl Anna lived in a working-class neighborhood and two young workers, Andrei and Filipp were in love with her. Anna fell in love with Andrei and married him. Soon after that Andrei was drafted to the navy and assigned to serve on a battleship. The ship perished but Andrei managed to survive and stayed for a long time away from his native country. When he finally returned home he found Anna married to Filipp…


32 RUKI PROCH (HANDS OFF)

1924, 79 min., b/w

Adventure

Director: Mikhail Doronin, screenplay: Mikhail Levidov, camera: Friedrich Verigo-Dorovsky, Pyotr Yermolov, production designer: Ye. Sokolov

Cast: Boris Shlikhting, Ivan Khudoleyev, Mikhail Doronin, Yevgeniya Khovanskaya, Iona Talanov

Soviet workers restore a destroyed factory and struggle against intrigues of White Army

Guards, foreign spies and “nepmans” (nouveau riches of the 20-es). The story is centered around the director of a chemical trust who is persecuted in the Crimea by foreign secret service agents.

33 SAMIY YUNIY PIONER (THE YOUNGEST PIONEER)

1924, 27 min., b/w

Eccentric comedy

Director: Konstantin Derzhavin, screenplay: Anatol Litvak, Konstantin Derzhavin, camera: Albert Kyun, production designer: I. Brif

Cast: Galochka Levina

The lead role is played by a three-year-old girl. The story is centered around “adventures”

of the child at White Army’s rear in the days of Civil War.

34 SERDTSA I DOLLARY (HEARTS AND DOLLARS)

1924, 87 min., b/w

Comedy

Director: Nikolai Petrov, screenplay: Dukh-Banko (Glikman), Vladimir Korolevich, camera: Nikolai Kozlovsky, Evgeny Mikhailov, production designer: Vladimir Yegorov

Cast: D. Cherkasov, Sergei Shishko, Ivan Lersky, Nikolai Petrov, Maria Babanova, Sofya Magarill

The years of NEP (New Economic Policy). Two persons bearing the same last name live in Leningrad: Ivanov, the draftsman, and Ivanov, the “nepman” (nouveau rich). Jane, an American relative of draftsman Ivanov comes to Leningrad on a visit. At the same time unemployed Harry, an American relative of “nepman” Ivanov also comes to visit his Russian relatives.


35 SKARLATINA (SCARLET FEVER)

1924, 45 min., b/w

Educational film

Director: Friedrich Ermler, screenplay: B. Sigal, camera: Leonid Drankov

Cast: Maria Taut-Korso, Yakov Gudkin, Eduard Ioganson, Gleb Bushtuyev

The film attempted to dwell on the latest methods of treatment for inflectional diseases in contemporary medicine.



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