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Published on Jul 4, 2012
1934 Russian film with music by Prokofiev. English language subtitles available: click on CC if necessary to see them. Note: no sound at all (except static) during the credits. The sound starts after they are done.
Based on a novella by Yuri Tynyanov, who also wrote the screenplay, the film tells an apocryphal tale about Tsar Paul I and a certain lieutenant whose entire existence is due to a copying error by an army scribe.
Imaginative directing and writing, outstanding comic acting. Primitive sound. Prokofiev reworked his music into the Lieutenant Kijé Suite, which is much better known (outside Russia, at least) than this long-unavailable film. See http://www.sprkfv.net/journal/three13... for information.
Sovetskaja Belorus' composer: Sergei Prokofiev director: Alexander Feinzimmer screenplay: Yuri Tynyanov Tsar Paul I: M. Yanshin Count Palen: B. Gorin-Goryainov Princess Gagarina: N. Shaternikova her companion: S. Magarill Adjutant: E. Garin Commandant: M. Rostovstsev himself: Lieutenant Kizhe