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342 VSTRECHA S MAKSIMOM (MEETING WITH MAXIM)

1941, 9 min., b/w

Propaganda film

Director: Sergei Gerasimov, screenplay: Grigory Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg, camera: Vladimir Yakovlev

Cast: Boris Chirkov

The short propaganda film was released a month and a half after the outbreak of World War II. Maxim, the popular movie character of the 30’es comes down from the screen and addresses the viewers with the appeal to fight fascists that invaded the country.



343 KAK VASYA TYORKIN PRIZYVATSA SHEL (HOW VASYA TYORKIN WENT TO RECRUITING STATION)

1941, 8 min., Cartoon

Director: Vitaly Syukin, Pavel Shmidt, screenplay: Alexander Gitovih, Vladimir Livshits, Anatoly Chivilikhin, production designer: Vladimir Lebedev, misic: Venedikt Pushkov

On his way to a recruiting station Tyorkin notices three paratroopers dropped from fascist aircraft. Using a ruse Tyorkin destroys the fascists and proceeds on his way.



344 KINOKONTSERT (FILM-CONCERT)

1941, 49 min., b/w

Written and directed by: Isaak Menaker, Adolf Minkin, Gerbert Rappaport, Semyon Timoshenko, Mikhail Shapiro, Mikhail Tsekhanovsky, camera: Arkady Koltsaty, Veniamin Levitin, production designer: Semyon Mandel, Pavel Betaki, misic: Dmitry Astradantsev, Boris Pyles, sound: Lev Valter, Ivan Dmitriyev, Yuri Kurzner

Cast: Yevgeny Mravinsky, Lidiya Ruslanova, Maxim Mikhailov, Vakhtang Chabukiani, Sergei Koren, Emil Gilels, Yakov Flier, Sergei Lemeshev, Galina Ulanova

This cinema concert is composed of separate concert turns of different genres performed by prominent actors.



345 MASKARAD (MASQUERADE)

1941, 113 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Sergei Gerasimov, camera: Vyacheslav Gordanov, production designer: Semyon Meinkin, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Zakhar Zalkind, Konstantin Gordon

Cast: Nikolai Mordvinov, Tamara Makarova, Sofia Magarill, Mikhail Sadovsky, Sergei Gerasimov

Based on Mikhail Lermontov’s play of the same title.



346 PODRUGI, NA FRONT! (GIRLS, GO TO THE FRONT!)

1941, 8 min., b/w

Propaganda short film

Written and directed by: Viktor Eisymont, camera: Vladimir Rapoport, Sergei Ivanov, production designer: Fyodor Berenshtam, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov

Cast: Olga Fedorina, Yuri Lyubimov, Zoya Fyodorova, Tamara Alyoshina

Actress Lelya Fedorina who played the role of the nurse in the film “Wartime Friends” urges Leningrad women to go to the front as nurses. The film was released three weeks after Nazi troops attacked the USSR.



347 PRIKLYUCHENIYA KORZINKINOY (ADVENTURES OF KORZINKINA)

1941, 38 min., b/w

Comedy

Director: Klimenty Mints, screenplay: Klimenty Mints, Grigory Yagfeld, camera: Mikhail Kaplan, Semyon Sheinin, production designer: Viktor Savostin, misic: Dmitry Shostakovich, sound: Zakhar Zalkind, Yevgeny Nesterov

Cast: Yanina Zheimo, Stepan Kayukov, Sergei Filippov

The eccentric comedy is focused at the fussy and energetic Korzinkina, a cashier at a local train station, who all the time meddles in passengers’ affairs.



348 RAZGROM YUDENUCHA (DEFEAT OF YUDENICH)

1941, 73 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Pavel Petrov-Bytov, screenplay: Vladimir Nedobrovo, Nikolai Brykin, camera: Anatoly Nazarov, production designer: Pyort Yakimov, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Pyotr Vitsinsky

Cast: Konstantin Skorobogatov, Pavel Kadochnikov, Vasily Sofronov, Vladimir Chestnokov, Gennady Michurin, Vladimir Gardin

Autumn of 1919. White Army troops under General Yudenich together with foreign interventionists are approaching Petrograd. Putilov Factory workers headed by the old foreman Ivan Yegorovich start manufacturing first Soviet tanks and join Red Army detachments going to defend the city.



349 STARAYA GVARDIYA (OLD GUARD)

1941, 36 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Sergei Gerasimov, screenplay: Semyon Polotsky, Matvei Tevelev, camera: Mikhail Magid, production designer: Semyon Meinkin, sound: Zakhar Zalkind

Cast: Boris Poslavsky, Boris Blinov, Pyotr Kirillov

The summer of 1941. Beginning of World War II. Having seen their sons off to the front retired workers take their children’s jobs at plants and factories.



350 TRI PODRUGI (THREE FRIENDS)

1941, 17 min., cartoon, color

Fairy tale

Director: Pavel Shmidt, screenplay: Lyudmila Kazantseva, M. Murov, camera: Mikhail Magid, production designers: Leonid Chupyatov, Konstantin Rudakov, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, Boris Golts, sound: Ilya Volk, songs lyrics by: Vladimir Volzhenin

Cast: Nata Svechko, Lulya Gribkova, Nyura Ivanova

The girl has a dream: together with her friends she makes a long flight on an airplane. In the Arctic the girls are welcomed by a Polar Bear. Polar animals give the girls a concert and meanwhile two little bears get in the airplane and take off...The girl sees the plane in the sky.. and wakes up. She is disappointed to realize that it was just a dream and starts crying.



351 FRONTOVIYE PODRUGI (WAR TIME FRIENDS)

1941, 94 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Viktor Eisymont, screenplay: Sergei Mikhalkov, Mikhail Rozenberg, camera: Vladimir Rapoport, production designer: Fyodor Berenshtam, misic: Vissarion Shebalin, sound: Alexander Ostrovsky

Cast: Zoya Fyodorova, Andrei Abrikosov, Boris Blinov, Yuri Tolubeyev, Oleg Zhakov, Olga Fedorina, Tamara Aleshina

On the first days of war a group of girls volunteer to go to the front. Young nurses selflessly help doctors in hospitals and on battlefields to save wounded Red Army fighters. It is during these hard war days that a strong and sincere feeling of love comes to heroes of the film.



  • The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

352 CHAPAYEV S NAMI (CHAPAYEV IS WITH US)

1941, 9 min., b/w

Propaganda short film

Director: Vladimir Petrov, screenplay: Lev Arnshtam, Sergei Gerasimov, camera: Vladimir Yakovlev, sound: Nikolai Butakov

Cast: Boris Babochkin

Chapayev, the legendary Civil War hero and the popular character of Soviet cinema in the 30’es descends from the screen and urges viewers to merciless fight against Nazis that attacked the Soviet Union.

The film was released 40 days after German troops attacked the USSR.

353 VANKA (VANKA)

1942, 35 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Gerbert Rappaport, screenplay: Semyon Polotsky, Matvei Tevelev, Manuel Bolshintsov, camera: Vladimir Rapoport, production designer: Moisey Levitin, misic: Vasily Velikanov, sound: Alexander Ostrovsky

Cast: Yanina Zheimo, Yuri Bogolyubov, Mikhail Zharov, Boris Blinov

Story of a young girl Tanka who disguised as a boy joins the guerilla detachment and takes vengeance on fascists for the death of her parents.



354 VAREZHKI (MITTENS)

1942, 41 min., b/w

Drama

Directors: Naum Lyuboshits, Pavel Armand, screenplay: Semyon Polotsky, Matvey Tevelev, camera: Vyacheslav Gordanov, production designer: Vladimir Pokrovsky, misic: Vera and Pavel Armand, sound: Kirill Pozdnyshev

Cast: Vladimir Chestnokov, Mikhail Pavlikov, Boris Gorin-Goryaynov

The severe winter of 1941. Residents of Leningrad send parcels with presents to soldiers defending the city. In one of the parcels there is a pair of warm mittens and a message from a girl, who asks to give her present to the bravest soldier. Which of the fighters shall get the mittens?

The film was made in winter of 1941 — 1942 by actors and cinema workers who were staying in Leningrad besieged by Nazi troops.

355 YEGO ZOVUT SUKHE-BATOR (HIS NAME IS SUKHE-BATOR)

1942, 105 min., b/w, Mongolkino, Tashkent Film Studio, “Lenfilm”

Historical drama

Directors: Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Heifits, screenplay: Boris Lapin, Zakhar Khartsevin, Alexander Zarkhi, camera: Alexander Gintsburg, production designer: Anatoly Bosulayev, misic: Boris Arapov, Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky

Cast: Maksim Shtraukh, Lev Sverdlin, Gelik Dordzi, Erintsyn Narbo, Nikolai Cherkasov, Tseven

1919. Mongolian people are rising against feudal lords oppressing peasants and herdsmen. The uprising is headed by Sukhe, nicknamed Bator for his courage. The fill narrates about the national liberation movement of Mongolian people.



356 NEPOBEDIMIYE (INVINCIBLE)

1942, 94 min., b/w

War drama

Directors: Sergei Gerasimov, Mikhail Kalatozov, screenplay: Mikhail Bleiman, Mikhail Kalatozov, camera: Arkady Koltsaty, Mikhail Magid, production designer: Anatoly Bosulayev, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Ivan Dmitriyev

Cast: Boris Babochkin, Tamara Makarova, Pyotr Kirillov, Boris Blinov, Pyotr Aleinikov

The autumn of 1941. Leningrad is besieged by the Nazis. A new model of tank is being developed at a large defense plant. Built in the shortest possible time combat vehicles are tested directly on battlefields, fighting with fascists in the outskirts of the city.

The first feature film about the heroic everyday life of city defenders was shot directly in assembly shops of plants and in the streets of Leningrad when the city was fighting against the enemy.

357 OBORONA TSARITSYNA (DEFENSE OF TSARITSYN)

1942, 104 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Georgy and Sergei Vasilyev, camera: Apollinary Dudko, Alexander Sigayev, Sergei Ivanov, production designers: Pyotr Yakimov, Ivan Znoinov, Mikhail Tsibasov, misic: Nikolai Kryukov, sound: Alexander Bekker

Cast: Mikhail Gelovani, Nikolai Bogolyubov, Mikhail Zharov, Varvara Myasnikova, Pavel Kadochnikov, Vasily Sofronov, Boris Babochkin

The autumn of 1918. In the course of the Civil War Tsaritsyn, a large city and a major port on the Volga river became the place of a decisive battle between the White Army counterrevolutionaries and the Red Army troops.

Cossack Perchikhin and a factory worker Katya Davydova actively participate in mobilization of the city residents for the defense of Tsaritsyn together with the Red Army units headed by the Red Army commander Voroshilov and the Moscow envoy Stalin.

Two parts of the film were shot simultaneously. The second part was never released.

The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

358 AKTRISA (THE ACTRESS)

1943, 76 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Leonid Trauberg, screenplay: Mikhail Volpin, Nikolai Erdman, camera: Andrei Moskvin, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, sound: Ilya Volk

Cast: Galina Sergeyeva, Boris Babochkin, Mikhail Zharov, Zoya Morskaya, Vladimir Gribkov, Konstantin Sorokin

A famous operetta actress Zoya Strelnikova, evacuated with her theatre to a remote Siberian

town, believes that the profession of an actress is out of place in the severe war days and begins working as a nurse at a hospital. Her meetings with wounded soldiers, who enjoy listening to Strelnikova’s record, which they keep with the greatest possible care, make her realize the real place of the actress in the hard war times. She returns to the theatre and participates in concerts arranged for soldiers at the front.

The film was restored at “Lenfilm” in 1972.



359 VOZDUSHNIY IZVOZCHIK (AIR CABBY)

1943, 75 min., b/w

Comedy

Director: Gerbert Rappaport, screenplay: Yevgeny Petrov, camera: Alexander Galperin, production designer: Vladimir Yegorov, musical production: Yuri Biryukov, sound: Alexander Ostrovsky

Cast: Mikhail Zharov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Boris Blinov, Grigory Shpigel

The hero of the film, an experienced pilot Baranov working for the civil aviation, meets his passenger, a young singer Natasha Kulikova and they fall in love with each other. When the war begins Baranov demands to be transferred to fighter aircraft but his commanders order him to keep working as an “air cabby”.

On the day of Natasha’s debut at an opera theatre Baranov is sent with an important mission to enemy’s rear. On his way back he attacks fascist airplanes and shoots down one of them. Approaching Moscow he hears Natasha’s clear voice singing over the radio.

360 ONA ZASHCHISHCHAYET RODINU (SHE DEFENDS HER MOTHERLAND)

1943, 80 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Friedrich Ermler, screenplay: Alexei Kapler, camera: Vladimir Rapoport, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Gavriil Popov, sound: Zakhar Zalkind

Cast: Vera Maretskaya, Nikolai Bogolyubov, Lidiya Smirnova, Pyotr Aleinikov

On the first day of the war fascists brutally killed the little son of a peasant woman Praskovya Lukyanova before the mother’s eyes. Her husband was also killed. Praskovya leaves the village. She goes to woods, organizes a partisan detachment and takes vengeance on the enemy.

The film was restored at the Gorky Film Studio in 1966.


  • The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

361 PODVODNAYA LODKA TE DEVYAT (T-9 SUBMARINE)

1943, 71 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Alexander Shtein, Iogann Zeltser, camera: Nikolai Renkov, production designer: Yuri Shvets, misic: Boris Zeidman, sound: A.Sheikhov

Cast: Oleg Zhakov, I. Dagestan, B. Chinkin, V. Sharlakhov

Soviet T-9 submarine successfully torpedoes enemy’s transport. Continuing to fulfill its mission T-9 gets into the enemy’s port. The sailors go ashore and blow up the railway bridge with the train carrying fascist troops.

On the way back the submarine is spotted by the enemy. Commander of T-9 decides to take up the last battle and gives the order to surface.

362 POD ZVUKI DOMBR (SOUNDS OF DOMBRA)

1943, 54 min., b/w

Film-concert

Directors: Adolf Minkin, Semyon Timoshenko, screenplay: Kabysh Siranov, Semyon Timoshenko, camera: Lev Kosmatov, Nikolai Kononov, production designers: Artur Berger, Z. Naziarov, Tatyana Levitskaya, Kulakhmet-Kongyr Khodzhikov, misic: Nikolai Kryukov, sound: Ivan Dmitriyev

Cast: Kazakhstan actors

363 FRONT (FRONT)

1943, 118 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Georgy and Sergei Vasilyev, camera: Apollinary Dudko, production designer: Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke, misic: Gavriil Popov, sound: Alexander Bekker

Cast: Boris Zhukovsky, Boris Babochkin, Pavel Geraga, Boris Dmokhovsky, Lev Sverdlin, Vasily Vanin, Boris Chirkov, Nikolai Kryuchkov

Loosely based on Alexander Korneichuk’s play of the same title.

The play rises the acute problem of the necessity to promote young talented military commanders to high-ranking positions.

364 MALAKHOV KURGAN (THE MALAKHOV BARROW)

1944, 89 min., b/w

War drama

Directors: Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Heifits, screenplay: Boris Voitekhov, Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Heifits, camera: Arkady Koltsaty, production designer: Vladimir Kaplunovsky, misic: Andrei Balanchivadze, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky

Cast: Nikolai Kryuchkov, Boris Andreyev, Akakiy Khorava, Maria Pastukhova, Nikolai Dorokhin

In the summer of 1942 Soviet troops are leaving the city of Sevastopol under the General headquarters order. Captain Likharev recollects some episodes of the 250-day defense of the city.

His destroyer “Grozny” makes a breakthrough into the city already besieged by the German troops.

The crew of his destroyer turned into a marine corpse detachment repulses the Nazi attacks on the Malakhov barrow.

The mariners are fighting against fascist tanks.

Capitain Likharev is the last to leave Sevastopol.

When will he return to the city?

The film was shot in liberated Sevastopol in the summer of 1944.



365 MORSKOY BATALION (MARINE BATTALION)

1944, 80 min., b/w

War drama

Directors: Adolf Minkin, Alexander Faintsimmer, screenplay: Alexander Shtein, camera: Vladimir Rapoport, production designer: Abram Veksler, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Alexander Ostrovsky

Cast: Alexander Larikov, Maria Domasheva, Andrei Abrikosov, Lidiya Smirnova, Pyotr Aleinikov, Nikolai Dorokhin, Alexei Konsovsky

The film is focused on the story of the marine corpse battalion from the “Kirov” cruiser. Leningrader Sergei Markin and his friends are bravely fighting shoulder to shoulder with the infantry soldiers and peoples’ volunteer corpse against Nazi troops.

Time passes. The Nazi troops are defeated and mariners are return to their battleships. Liberation of Tallinn lies ahead. And meanwhile battleship guns are firing salute celebrating the liberation of Leningrad.

It is the first film shot in summer of 1944 in the renovated Leningrad pavilions upon “Lenfilm” return from evacuation.



366 SILVA (SILVA)

1944, 80 min., b/w

Musical comedy

Director: Alexander Ivanovsky, screenplay: Mikhail Dolgopolov, Grigory Yaron, camera: Zhosef Martov, production designers: Vladimir Yegorov, Igor Vuskovich, sound: A. Korobov

Cast: Zoya Smirnova-Nemirovich, Niyaz Dautov, M. Sakalis, Sergei Martinson

Screen version of Imre Kalman’s musical comedy of the same title.



367 CHEREVICHKI (SHOES)

1944, 84 min., b/w

Filmed opera

Written and directed by: Mikhail Shapiro, Nadezhda Kosheverova, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, sound: Ilya Volk

Cast: Grigory Bolshakov, Sofia Golemba, Liliya Gritsenko, Maxim Mikhailov, N. Panchekhin, Nikolai Chesnokov, Andrei Ivanov

Screen version of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same title based on “The Chistmas Eve Night”, a novel by Nikolai Gogol.



368 VELIKIY PERELOM (THE GREAT TURNING-POINT)

1945, 108 min., b/w

War drama

Director: Fridrich Ermler, screenplay: Boris Chirskov, camera: Arkady Koltsaty, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Gavriil Popov, sound: Alexander Ostrovsky, Nikolai Kosarev

Cast: Mikhail Derzhavin, Sr., Pyotr Andriyevsky, Yuri Tolubeyev, Andrei Abrikosov, Alexander Zrazhevsky, Mark Bernes

World War II. German high command accumulates enormous forces for the assault. Soviet troops commanded by General Muravyov repulse the enemy attacks.. Soviet army scouts find out the exact day and time of the decisive offensive. Muravyov is determined to forestall the Nazis and plasters the enemy with fire.

All is quiet. Will the fascist troops weakened by the surprise fire begin their offensive or put off the attack?


  • The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

  • The film was awarded the Grand National Premium of the 1st International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1946) and the Grand International Premium for the best screenplay at the 1st International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1946).

369 NEBESNIY TIKHOHOD (A SLOW AIRCRAFT)

1945, 82 min., b/w

Comedy

Written and directed by: Semyon Timoshenko, camera: Alexander Sigayev, production designer: Isaak Makhlis, misic: Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy, sound: Pyotr Vitsinsky, Kirill Pozdnyshev

Cast: Nikolai Kryuchkov, Vasily Merkuryev, Vasily Neshchiplenko, Alla Parfanyak, Lyudmila Glazova, Tamara Alyoshina

Three fighter pilots swear a solemn oath not to fall in love till the end of the war. By chance they happen to find themselves in an all- women bomber squadron. And love wins...

The film was restored at “Lenfilm” in 1970.

370 PROSTIYE LYUDI (COMMON PEOPLE)

1945, 79 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Grigory Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg, camera: Andrei Moskvin, Anatoly Nazarov, production designers: Yevgeny Yeney, David Vinitsky, misic: Dmitry Shostakovich, sound: Ilya Volk

Cast: Yuri Tolubeyev, Olga Lebzak, Boris Zhukovsky, Yekaterina Korchagina-Alexandrovskaya, Larisa Yemelyantseva, Tatyana Peltser, Alexander Larikov

The film tells about the selfless labor of Soviet people during World War II, who in the shortest possible time built a large aircraft factory in the eastern part of the country.

For redundant realistic reflection of the war time hardships the film was banned and released only in 1956.

371 VO IMYA ZHIZNI (FOR THE SAKE OF LIFE)

1946, 101 min., b/w

Drama

Directors: Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Heifits, screenplay: Yevgeny Gabrilovich, Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Heifits, Sergei Yermolinsky, camera: Vyacheslav Gordanov, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Alexander Bekker

Cast: Viktor Khokhryakov, Mikhail Kuznetsov, Oleg Zhakov, Klavdiya Lepanova, Lyudmila Shabalina, Alexander Zrazhevsky, Nikolai Cherkasov

Three friends, young surgeons, return after the war to Leningrad. In their clinic they start working over a serious medical problem. However time is passing and their intense work does not give any results. Two of the surgeons loose hope to achieve desired success. Petrov is left on his own. His persistency, sell-confidence and support of the girl he loves let the young doctor dare to make a complicated surgery.



372 OSTROV BEZYMYANNY (THE BEZYMYANNY ISLAND)

1946, 77 min., b/w

Adventure

Directors: Adolf Bergunker, Mikhail Yegorov, screenplay: Boris Brodsky, camera: Sergei Ivanov, production designer: Viktor Savostin, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Nikolai Kosarev

Cast: Nikolai Simonov, Yuri Tolubeyev, Nina Mazayeva, Sergei Filippov

Radio station on the Bezymyanny Island in the Far North helps the Allies’ transports to find their way in northern seas. Nazis are severely bombing the island but radio operator Asya manages to save the

reserve portable radio set and install it on a deserted old boat. Radio signals from the island help Soviet pilot to take the resqued mariners to the Bezymyanny. On the island he meets the girl he loves.

373 SOLISTKA BALETA (THE BALLERINA)

1946, 77 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Alexander Ivanovsky, screenplay: Aron Erlikh, Alexander Ivanovsky, camera: Arkady Koltsaty, production designer: Isaak Makhlis, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Pyotr Vitsinsky

Cast: Mira Redina, Viktor Kazanovich, Olga Zhizneva, Vladimir Gardin, Galina Ulanova, Vladimir Preobrazhensky

Natasha Subbotina is graduating from the ballet school and is working on the part of Aurora in

“The Sleeping Beauty”. The young ballerina does not want to repeat the traditional interpretation of the part and wants to add some fresh elements to the dance choreographed by Marius Petipa many years ago. It is not easy to find the new ways in art. Not everything goes smoothly in Natasha’s relations with Conservatory student Alexei, who is in love with her.

374 SYNOVYA (SONS)

1946, 83 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Fyodor Knorre, DOP: Vladimir Rapoport, production designer: Moisey Levin, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Lev Valter, Kseniya Cheremukhina

Cast: Oleg Zhakov, Ivan Savelyev, Maria Domasheva, Lidiya Smirnova, Nikodim Gippius, Vasily Vanin, Vasily Merkuryev, Lidiya Sukharevskaya

Latvia is occupied by Nazis. The story is centered on the fate of two brothers. Yanis, the eldest brother, becomes a partisan and fights against fascists. Valdemar, the youngest brother, collaborates with Nazis and helps them to fight against partisans.



375 VOZVRASHCHENIYE S POBEDOY (RETURN HOME WITH A VICTORY)

1947, 93 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Mikhail Bleiman, Konstantin Isayev, camera: Eduard Tisse, production designer: Voldemar Valdman, misic: Anatoly Lepin, sound: Konstantin Gordon

Cast: Artur Dimiter, Velta Line, L. Leiman, Yanis Filipson, V. Siliniyek, Yan Osis

Loosely based on the play “Victory” by Vilis Latsis.

The years of World War II. Due to treachery Soviet Army lieutenant Avgust Griese is captured. Fascists are trying to persuade him to take their side. Avgust refuses. But fascists broadcast the

alleged radio address of Avgust urging the Latvians to give up resistance to Nazis. His comrades consider him to be a traitor. Avgust manages to escape from the prison. And soon after that rumors about Krum, a fearless guerilla and avenger acting alone, start circulating all over Latvia.



376 ZHIZN V TSITADELY (LIFE IN A CITADEL)

1947, 89 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Gerbert Rappaport, screenplay: Leonid Trauberg, camera: Sergei Ivanov, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Eugen Kapp, sound: Lev Valter

Cast: Hugo Laur, A. Talvi, Gunnar Kilgas, Liya Laats, Rudolf Nuude, Boris Dobronravov, Ants Lauter, Alexander Randviyr

Loosely based on the play of the same title by August Jakobson.

Estonia is liberated from Nazi occupation. Profesor Miylas, a noted Estonian botanist developed the unique project of swamp drainage which was later rejected. The offended researcher starts working on some purely theoretical scientific problems. He does not care about events happening in the world around him. However, his attempt to shut himself off to life fails.

Professor’s eldest son and nephew come to his house. The old scientist is horrified to find out that both worked as executioners in a Nazi death camp. The son’s attempt to kill his father makes Miylas leave his illusionary “citadel”.



  • The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

377 ZA TEKH KTO V MORE (TO THOSE WHO ARE AT SEA)

1947, 85 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Faintsimmer, screenplay: Mikhail Bleiman, Konstantin Isayev, camera: Moisey Magid, Lev Sokolsky, production designers: Nikolai Suvorov, Nikolai Spichkin, misic: Antonio Spadavekkia, sound: Alexander Bekker

Cast: Mikhail Zharov, Alexandra Trishko, Dmitry Pavlov, Georgy Karnovich-Valois, Ninel Myshkova, Elva Lutsenko, Daniil Sagal, Ivan Lyubeznov

Loosely based on the play of the same title by Boris Lavrenev.

Years of World War II. Eager to become famous captain Borovsky gave the commander of torpedo boats the wrong coordinates of the enemy location and violating the order attacked the enemy on his own. A Soviet torpedo boat is destroyed. Degraded to the ranks Borovsky redeems his fault.

378 ZOLUSHKA (CINDERELLA)

1947, 84 min., b/w

Fairy- tale

Directors: Nadezhda Kosheverova, Mikhail Shapiro, screenplay: Yevgeny Schwarz, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Isaak Makhlis, scenery and costumes designed by Nikolai Akimov, misic: Antonio Spadavekkia, sound: Alexander Ostrovsky

Cast: Yanina Zheimo, Alexei Konsovsky, Erast Garin, Vasily Merkiryev, Faina Ranevskaya, Yelena Yunger, Varvara Myasnikova, Igor Klimenkov, Sergei Filippov, Tamara Sezenevskaya

Based on the traditional story about the hard working Cinderella, her wicked step-mother and lazy sisters.

The film was restored at “Mosfilm” in 1967.

379 PIROGOV (PIROGOV)

1947, 92 min., b/w

Biopic

Director: Grigiory Kozintsev, screenplay: Yuri German, camera: Andrei Moskvin, Anatoly Nazarov, Naum Shifrin, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Dmitry Shostakovich, sound: Ilya Volk, Boris Khutoryansky

Cast: Konstantin Skorobogatov, Vladimir Chestnokov, Olga Lebzak, Nikolai Cherkasov, Yakov Malyutin, Tatyana Piletskaya, Alexei Dikiy

The film is focused on the life and activities of a Russian surgeon and scientist Nikolai Pirogov.

Episodes of his struggle with cholera epidemics and his new approach to medical practice reveal Pirogov’s strong personality. We watch Pirogov making the first in the world surgical operation using ether as anaesthetic and selflessly working as a surgeon during defense of Sevastopol in 1854 — 1855.

The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.



380 DRAGOTSENNYE ZIORNA (PRECIOUS GRAINS)

1948, 89 min., b/w

Drama

Directors: Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Heifits, screenplay: Esfir Buranova, camera: Sergei Ivanov, production designers: Vladimir Agranov, Dmitry Rudoy, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Ivan Dmitriyev

Cast: Galina Kozhakina, Boris Zhukovsky, Oleg Zhakov, Pavel Kadochnikov, Vasily Vanin, Valentina Telegina, Pyotr Aleinikov, Rostislav Plyatt

Young journalist Tonya Uvarova trusted the great reputation of “the king of steppe” — the chairman of the regional executive committee Korolev and praises him and his accomplices in her article.

The newspaper publication causes indignation of collective farm workers who know the real

worth of them. Tanya takes her mistake pretty hard and with the help of peasants unmasks Korolev who was seeking fame for himself and cheated the state.



381 AKADEMIK IVAN PAVLOV (ACADEMICIAN IVAN PAVLOV)

1949, 111 min., b/w

Biopic

Director: Grigory Roshal, screenplay: Mikhail Papava, camera: Vyacheslav Gordanov, Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky, Yevgeny Kirpichev, production designers: Yevgeny Yeney, Abram Veksler, misic: Dmitry Kabalevsky, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky

Cast: Alexander Borisov, Nina Alisova, Vladimir Chestnokov, Fyodor Nikitin, Vladimir Balashov, Vasily Sofronov

The film centers on the complicated and thorny life of Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist and a Nobel prize laureate who found new methods for studying the physiology of the digestive glands and animal brain functions.

The film was restored at “Mosfilm” in 1976.


  • The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

  • The film was awarded the Labour Premium of the International Film Festival in Czechoslovakia (1949).

382 ALEXANDER POPOV (ALEXANDER POPOV)

1949, 99 min., b/w

Biopic

Directors: Gerbert Rappaport, Viktor Eisymont, screenplay: Alexander Razumovsky, camera: Anatoly Nazarov, Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Isaak Makhlis, misic: Yuri Kochurov, sound: Alexander Bekker

Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Alexander Borisov, Konstantin Skorobogatov, Ilya Sudakov, Yuri Tolubeyev, Bruno Freindlikh, Leonid Vivyen

Alexander Popov, professor at the field engineers’ school in Kronshtadt, together with his friend and assistant Rybkin is working on the theory of electromagnetic waves. His persistent work is crowned with success — he develops the wireless telegraphy. Radio helps to save people drifting on an ice float in the open sea.

Alexander Popov and his invention find support of Dmitry Mendeleyev, Admiral Stepan Makarov and world famous scientists.


  • The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

383 VELIKAYA SILA (THE GREAT FORCE)

1949, 106 min., b/w

Publicist film story

Director: Fridrikh Ermler, screenplay: Leonid Trauberg, camera: Arkady Koltsaty, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Gavriil Popov, sound: Ivan Dmitriyev

Cast: Boris Babochkin, Viktor Khokhryakov, Galina Inyutina, Yuri Tolubeyev, Nikolai Bogolyubov, Fyodor Nikitin, Boris Smirnov, Olga Aroseva, Inna Kondratyeva, Alexandra Trishko

Loosely based on the play of the same title by Boris Romashov.

Professor Lavrov, a disciple and a follower of Michurin is trying to dispute the theory of heredity and successfully works on breeding a new hen strain.


  • The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

384 ZVREZDA (STAR)

1949, 98 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Pavel Furmansky, camera: Vladimir Rapoport, Sergei Ivanov, production designer: Semyon Malkin, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Lev Valter

Cast: Anatoly Verbitsky, Alexei Pokrovsky, Irina Radchenko, Lidiya Sukharevskaya, Oleg Zhakov, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Vasily Merkuryev, Pavel Volkov

Loosely based on the novel of the same title by Emmanuil Kazakevich.

Headquarters of a Soviet division gets the information that the enemy is preparing a counteroffensive and is drawing up large forces to the front line. A group of scouts sent to check the information did not return. The new team of scouts named “Star” is headed by lieutenant Travkin. The group fulfills the task and on its way back runs into a Nazi detachments. Lieutenant Travkin sends one of the scouts to deliver the message to the commander and together with his comrades starts the mortal combat with the enemy.

The demonstration of the scouts’ death was not in line with the post-war normative aesthetics. The film was banned and released only in 1953.



385 SCHASTLIVOGO PLAVANIYA (HAVE A GOOD VOYAGE)

1949, 85 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Nikolai Lebedev, screenplay: Alexander Popov, camera: Veniamin Levitin, production designer: Viktor Savostin, misic: Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy, Leon Khodzha-Einatov, sound: Alexander Ostrovsky

Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Stepan Krylov, Pavel Volkov, Misha Boitsov, Igor Klimenkov, Seryozha Uspensky, Yura Zhestovsky, Vitya Tsoi, Pyotr Andriyevsky

Captain Levashov, new commander of the 5th company of Nakhimov Naval College is training his students to show initiative and often turns his classes in “fullfilement of a battle task “.

His advice and encouragement, his demands to observe the military discipline and his personal example help naval cadets to get prepared to their future careers of naval officers.

The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.



386 MUSORGSKY (MUSSORGSKY)

1950, 122 min., color

Biopic

Director: Grigory Roshal, screenplay: Anna Abramova, Grigory Roshal, camera: Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky, production designers: Nikolai Suvorov, Abram Veksler, music and musical editing: Dmitry Kabalevsky, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky

Cast: Alexander Borisov, Nikolai Cherkasov, Vladimir Balashov, Andrei Popov, Fyodor Nikitin, Lubov Orlova, Lidiya Shtykan

Working on the first opera in his father’s country estate Modest Mussorgsky sees poverty and sufferings of peasants, tyranny of landowners. The things he witnessed leave the deep trace in his soul and greatly influence the general tendency of his art.

His association with “The Mighty Five” group of composers, passionate speeches of musical critic Vladimir Stasov, meetings with artist Ilya Repin, work on operas “Boris Godunov” and “Khovanshchina” — all these episodes reveal the exceptional talent and strong personality of the composer, author of brilliant musical compositions.


  • The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR.

  • The film was awarded the Premium for the best scenery design at the IY International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1951).

387 OGNI BAKU (LIGHTS OF BAKU)

1950, 93 min., b/w. Released in 1958

Drama

Directors: Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Kheifits, Rza Abbas-Kuli Takhmasib, screenplay: Grigory Koltunov, Yevgeny Pomeshchikov, camera: Georgy Yegiazarov, production designer: Mikhail Yuferov, misic: Kara Karayev, sound: Aga Gussein Kerimov

Cast: Mirza-Aga Aliyev, Marziya Davudava, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Rza Abbas-Kuli Takhmasib, Nikolai Kryuchkov

Soviet oil industry workers are working hard to make Baku the foremost area of oil output.



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