441 DEVOCHKA I KROKODIL (THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE CROCODILE)
1956, 68 min., b/w
Directors: Joseph Gindin, Isaac Menaker, screenplay: Nina Gernet, Grigory Jagtfeldt, camera: Konstantin Sobol, production designer: Alexei Rudyakov, misic: Galina Ustvolskaya, sound: Irina Chernyakhovskaya
Cast: Yelena Granovskaya, Yephim Teterin, Natasha Polinkovskaya, Natasha Zabavnaya, Zoya Fyodorova, Lyonya Lvov, Lyudmila Makarova
Mitya's father, a long distance sailor, has sent him a gift of a large egg. Shortly a baby crocodile popped out of the egg. What's to be done with it?
Thus started the exceptional adventures of Mitya and his young friends at home, in the school mini-zoo, and outdoors, when the baby, — still, a crocodile baby! — crawled out, having escaped from the bathtub.
442 DOROGA PRAVDY (THE ROAD OF TRUTH)
1956, 90 min., b/w
Director: Jan Fried, screenplay: Sergey Gerasimov, camera: Veniamin Levitin, production designer: Mikhail Krotkin, misic: Jan Frenkel, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky
Cast: Tamara Makarova, Alexander Borisov, Oleg Zhakov, Nina Zorskaya, Vera Pashennaya, Alla Larionova, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Nina Drobysheva
The picture features the life story of an ordinary Moscow working woman who becomes a people's judge.
Different life stories come before her eyes. She encounters human dramas and misunderstandings, swindle and deceit. All the while, she has her own problems. Her children have grown up. She is in love with a married man, and the emotion is reciprocated. Whereas people expect her to administer justice...
443 ISKATELI (THE SEEKERS)
1956, 103 min., color
Director: Mikhail Shapiro, screenplay: Daniil Granin, Leonid Zhezhelenko, based on a novel of the same title by Daniil Granin, camera: Sergey Ivanov, production designer: Victor Volin, misic: Nikolai Chervinsky, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky
Cast: Yevgeny Matveyev, Igor Gorbachev, Marina Yuryeva, Maya Blinova, Nina Mamayeva
Engineer Lobanov, Cand. Sc., is working on the design of a detector, a remote control instrument for locating damaged electrical cables. Wishing to be closer to the practical use of his instrument, he leaves his research institute for a production company, to start his activities with restructuring his Department, where Lebedev's new approach and creative plans find support. Yet, the trouble-making Assistant Head of the Department is out to obstruct the work on the detector. Lobanov's urgency and persistence, his team's support, and his confidence in the need for the detector lead the inventor to victory.
444 KRUTIYE GORKI (STEEP HILLS)
1956, 98 min., color
Director: Nikolai Rozantsev, screenplay: Budimir Metalnikov, camera: Sergey Ivanov, production designer: Victor Volin, misic: Oleg Karavaychuk, sound: Vladimir Yakovlev
Cast: Dmitry Pavlov, Ivan Dmitriyev, Galina Vodyanitskaya, Lydia Smirnova, Boris Kokovkin, Yelena Karyakina
The new Collective Farm Chairman Frolov comes to the village of Krutiye Gorki, where he used to live. In the process of taking over from the former Chairman Gorelov he reveals a series of unlawful transactions. Gorelov regards this as revenge, since his wife Anna is Gorelov's old love. Gorelov is taken into custody and convicted.
While setting things going in his native village, Frolov is unable to forget Anna. His love for Anna blazes anew. Having served his time, Gorelov returns to take his wife and son away from the Collective Farm. Anna faces a difficult choice.
445 MEDOVY MESYATS (THE HONEYMOON)
1956, 93 min., color
Director: Nadezhda Kosheverova, screenplay: Klementy Minz, Yevgeny Pomeschikov, camera: Anatoly Nazarov, production designers: Abram Veksler, Semyon Mandel, misic: Mikhail Weinberg, sound: Alexander Bekker
Cast: Lyudmila Kasatkina, Pavel Kadochnikov, Tatyana Pankova, Pavel Sukhanov, Zoya Fyodorova, Sergey Filippov, Tatyana Peltser
The Leningrad-born Tatyana Odintsova, graduate of a medical institute, dreams of working nowhere but in her native city. This is her reason for marrying the engineer Alexei Rybalchenko. But Alexei consents to go to a bridge construction site in Siberia and demands that his wife come with him. The unsettled rural life is beyond any expectations Lyudmila might have had. Shortly the construction site gets its first patients, and there is a need to arrange medical care. Gradually, helping people, Lyudmila is drawn into her work. Also her relationship with Alexei, all but severed due to the uncompromising personalities of the newlyweds, straightens out.
446 NEVESTA (THE BRIDE)
1956, 87 min., b/w
Directors: Grigory Nikulin, Vladimir Shredel, screenplay by: Irina Kokoreva based on Anton Chekhov’s story of the same title, camera: Vladimir Korotkov, Georgy Kalatozov, production designers: Semyon Malkin, Alexei Fedotov, misic: Alexander Manevich, sound: Vladimir Yakovlev
Cast: Tatyana Piletskaya, Yuri Puzyriov, Oleg Basilashvili, Olga Kaziko, Roza Sverdlova, Fyodor Nikitin
447 ODNA NOCH (A SINGLE NIGHT)
1956, 102 min., b/w
Directors: Maxim Ruf, Alexander Muzil, camera: Anatoly Nazarov, production designer: Mikhail Krotkin, misic: Boris Kluzner, sound: Alexander Bekker
Cast: Konstantin Skorobogatov, Olga Lebzak, Alexander Borisov, Tamara Alyoshina, Anna Yefimova, Alexander Sokolov, Anna Lisyanskaya, Yelena Karyakina
A screen version of the play by Boris Gorbatov staged by the Leningrad Pushkin Drama Theatre.
1942. Fighting is in progress in the outskirts of a small town. Trying to escape from the fascist invaders besieging the town, its residents are hastily leaving. Only the inhabitants of the old worker Bogatyriov's house are in no hurry to get out. His younger daughter is staying on assignment of the partisans. His daughter-in-law has a sick child. The man of the house cannot abandon his family, nor does he believe that the town will surrender. One of his tenants is willing to serve the fascists and is expecting them; the other is using the havoc to rob a store. Thus, over a single night, the personalities and the true natures of the characters are revealed...
The fascists failed to seize the town, after all.
448 ONA VAS LYUBIT (SHE LOVES YOU)
1956, 85 min., color
Directors: Semyon Derevyansky, Raphail Suslovich, screenplay: Vladimir Polyakov, camera: Vladimir Burykin, Konstantin Ryzhov, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Vasily Solovyev-Sedoy, sound: Anna Volokhova
Cast: Georgy Vitsin, Inna Kmit, Lydia Sukharevskaya, Tamara Nosova, Alexander Shirvindt, Igor Dmitriyev, Yevgeny Lebedev, Konstantin Sorokin
The shy, nice Kostya Kanareykin who works in a Zoo saw the portrait of the sportswoman Olya Tsvetkova on the cover of the “Ogonyok” magazine and fell in love with her. They begin exchanging letters. Instead of the picture of his friend Kanareykin, the photographer sends Olya one of the handsome actor Ukhov. Olya comes to Kostya's city, and misunderstandings start to occur right away. Towards the end everything is sorted out, and Kostya makes his declaration to Olya.
449 PRIKLYUCHENYA ARTYOMKI (ARTYOMKA'S ADVENTURES)
1956, 80 min., color
Director: Andrei Apsolon, screenplay: Leonid Solovyev (based on “Artyomka in the Circus”, a story by Ivan Vasilenko), camera: Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designer: Semyon Malkin, misic: Venedict Pushkov, sound: Lev Valter
Cast: Borya Alexandrov, Tito Romalio, Sergey Plotnikov, Pyotr Savin, Mikhail Troyanovsky, Leonid Gallis, Vitaly Polizeimako, Oleg Zhakov, Tamara Alyoshina
A seaside southern town. The fatherless and motherless thirteen-year-old Artyomka was crazy about the circus. He used to spend all the time there; it was the place of work of his friends: the clown Kubyshka, his daughter, the circus equestrienne Lyasya, and the Negro wrestler Peps. Artyomka happened to help the revolutionaries hide some print in the circus, but the gendarmes traced the boy.
Learning about this, the circus owner fired his friends, and they leave the town.
450 PYAT DNEY (FIVE DAYS)
1956, 29 min., b/w, wide screen
Director: Joseph Shapiro, screenplay: Mark Lanskoy, camera: Alexander Xenofontov, production designer: Ivan Ivanov, misic: Anatoly Vladimirtsev, sound: Ilya Volk
Cast: D. Milchakov, Maryana Safonova, Rem Lebedev, Yevgeny Vesnik, Masters of Sports V. Zhdanov and A. Tarasov
A short experimental picture, the shooting of which served to put to the test the possibilities of anamorphed optics, i.e. those of the wide screen.
The picture is comprised of fragments of a pentathlon competition incorporated into a plot. The picture casts both Masters of Sports and actors.
451 SOLDATY (THE SOLDIERS)
1956, 106 min., b/w
Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Victor Nekrasov (based on his story “In the Stalingrad Trenches”), camera: Vyacheslav Fastovich, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Oleg Karavaychuk, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov
Cast: Vsevolod Safonov, Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Tamara Loginova, Leonid Kmit, Nikolai Pogodin, Lyudmila Markeliya, Yuri Solovyev, Yevgeny Teterin
June, 1942. New army units are being formed in Stalingrad to defend the city. The characters of the picture, who have retreated to the Volga with the Red Army, join them.
The battle for Stalingrad begins. The battle scenes and those of the brief respites reveal the personalities of the skilled Battalion Commander Kerzhentsev, the outwardly clumsy “civilian” Lieutenant Farber, the smart short-spoken Valega, the heartless career-conscious captain Abrosimov, the valiant Platoon Leader Karnaukhov, the dashing sailor scout Chumak, the Army doctor Lyusya...
452 SOPHIA KOVALEVSKAYA (SOPHIA KOVALEVSKAYA)
1956, 100 min., b/w
Director: Joseph Shapiro, camera: Yevgeny Kirpichev, production designer: Ivan Ivanov, misic: Leonid Peskov, sound: Nikolai Kosarev
Cast: Yelena Junger, Lev Kolesov, Tatyana Sezenevskaya, Vladimir Uskov, Bruno Freindlich, Olga Volkova, Pavel Sukhanov
A screen version of the performance of the same title staged by the Leningrad State Comedy Theatre based on a the play by the Tur brothers (pen-name adopted by the playwrights Pyotr Ryzhey and Leonid Tubelsky) featuring the life story of the remarkable Russian scientist Sophia Kovalevskaya, the world first female professor of mathematics.
453 STARIK KHOTTABYCH (THE OLD MAN KHOTTABYCH)
1956, 86 min., color
Director: Gennady Kazansky, screenplay: Lazar Lagin (based on his novel of the same title), camera: Muzakir Shurukov, production designers: Isaac Kaplan, Bella Manevich, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Grigory Elbert
Cast: Nikolai Volkov Sr., Alyosha Litvinov, Gena Khudyakov, Lyova Kovalchuk, Maya Blinova, Yephim Kopelyan, Alexander Larikov
Taking a swim in the Moskva River, the schoolboy Volka Kostylkov finds an ancient clay vessel on its bottom. Opened by Volka, the vessel released the Jinn Gassan Abdurakhman ibn Khottab. In appreciation of his newly found freedom the Jinn, to whom Volka attributes the name of Khottabych, grants his rescuer his wishes. Strange happenings begin to occur in Moscow...
The film was awarded the Encouraging Premium of the International Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada (1958) and the Honorary Diploma of the 1st International Children Film Festival in Poland (1971).
454 BALTIYSKAYA SLAVA (THE BALTIC GLORY)
1957, 94 min., color
Director: Jan Fried, screenplay: Alexei Zinovyev, camera: Veniamin Levitin, production designer: Alexei Rudyakov, misic: Gavriil Popov, sound: Vladimir Yakovlev
Cast: Joseph Kutyansky, Pavel Kadochnikov, Alexander Borisov, Vladislav Strzhelchik, Yephim Kopelyan, Leonid Kmit
The picture features the fight of the Baltic Fleet sailors for the revolutionary Petrograd in the fall of 1917 and is focused on the life stories of a seaman and a marine officer joining the ranks of the fighters for the revolution.
455 BESSMERTNAYA PESNYA (THE IMMORTAL SONG)
1957, 76 min., b/w
Director: Matvey Volodarsky, screenplay: Andrei Leontyev (based on a short story by Victor Avdeyev), camera: Vyacheslav Fastovich, production designer: Ivan Ivanov, misic: Jan Frenkel, sound: Lev Valter
Cast: Fyodor Shmakov, Galina Karelina, Arkady Trusov, Nina Drobysheva
1920. The Red Army units drive the Whites out of a Kuban village. The wounded Red Army soldier Yusalov opens a music school in the village. The sound of the revolutionary songs carries far beyond the structure housing the school, firing the hate of the rich villagers. Luring Yusalov to the boggy riverside, they kill the soldier...
After many years, the village gets a new music school bearing Yusalov's name.
456 VSEGO DOROZHE (THE MOST VALUED)
1957, 83 min., b/w
Directors: Yuri Muzykant, S. Selector, screenplay: Sergey Voronin, camera: Yevgeny Kirpichev, production designer: Ivan Ivanov, misic: Vasily Solovyev-Sedoy, sound: Anna Volokhova
Cast: Julian Panich, Galina Karelina, Mikhail Ivanov, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Yuri Solovyev, Arkady Trusov
The young Collective Farm Chairman Roman Baklanov, an honest man of principle, erred. Giving in to the persistent badgering of his favorite wife and her parents, Roman agreed to rescue his father-in-law, a driver who squandered in drink some hay belonging to the Collective Farm.
Having once stumbled, Roman either voluntarily or involuntarily becomes responsible for more crimes. Realizing that his indecisiveness is being used by dishonest persons, Roman keenly takes the situation to heart. Not before the swindlers demand his immediate participation in their obscure doings does Roman summon the effort to confess his faults.
457 DON KIKHOT (DON QUIXOTE)
1957, 100 min., color, wide screen
Director: Grigory Kozintsev, screenplay: Yevgeny Schwarz, camera: Andrei Moskvin, Apollinary Dudko, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Kara Karayev, sound: Ilya Volk
Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Yuri Tolubeyev, Seraphima Birman, Svetlana Grigoryeva, Tamila Agamirova, Georgy Vitsin, Bruno Freindlich, Lydia Vertinskaya
Loosely based on a novel of the same title by Miguel de Cervantes.
The film was awarded the “Femina du Cinema” Prize and the Honorary Diploma of the International Film Festival in Brussels, Belgium (1958); the Honorary Certificate of the 1st International Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada (1958); the Premium for the Best Actor’s Work of the International Film Festival in Stratford, Canada (1958); the Honorary Diploma of the XII International Film Festival in San Sebastiano, Spain (1964); the Special Premium and the Diploma of the Jury of the National Cinema Club Federation at the XII International Film Festival in San Sebastiano, Spain (1964).
458 DON CEZAR DE BAZAN (DON CEZAR DE BAZAN)
1957, 96 min., b/w
Director: Joseph Shapiro, screenplay: Vladimir Chestnokov, Joseph Shapiro, camera: Apollinary Dudko, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Yuri Sviridov, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky
Cast: Vladimir Chestnokov, Olga Zabotkina, Fyodor Nikitin, Nikolai Boyarsky, Natalya Dudinskaya
Based on a play by the French playwrights Philip Dumanoire and Adolph Philip Dennery staged by Vladimir Kozhich at the Leningrad Pushkin Academic Drama Theatre.
The street dancer Maritana has captured the heart of Carl II, King of Spain. Minister Jose, enamored of the Queen, wants to make use of this. But Maritana loves the brave and charming Don Cezar of the impoverished ancient family of de Bazans.
Following a chain of artfully stringed critical situations vice is punished, and virtue triumphs.
459 YEGO VREMYA PRIDYET (HIS TIME WILL COME)
1957, 99 min., b/w
Director: Mazhit Begalin, screenplay: Sergey Yermolinsky, Mikhail Bleiman, camera: Solomon Rubashkin, production designer: Igor Vuskovich, misic: Yevgeny Brusilovsky, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky
Cast: Nurmukhan Zhanturin, Yeleubay Umurzakov, Kalibek Kuanyshpayev, Kurmanbek Dzhandarbekov, Gennady Michurin, Pyotr Chernov
The picture features the life story of the famous 19th century enlightener, the son of the Kazakh people Chokan Valikhanov, an ethnographer and a famous traveller.
460 NA OSTROVE DALNEM... (ON A FARAWAY ISLAND...)
1957, 96 min., b/w
Director: Nikolai Rozantsev, screenplay: Vladimir Sutyrin (based on Alexander Borschagovsky’s story “Missing”), camera: Konstantin Ryzhov, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Oleg Karavaychuk, sound: Grigory Elbert
Cast: Nikolai Timofeyev, Lev Frichinsky, Raisa Kurkina, Pyotr Savin, K. Polyakov, Alexander Sokolov, Georgy Zhzhenov
Pursued by ships and aircraft, the search for the sailors swept out into the ocean by the storm lasted close to three months. For close to three months the “Baklan” crew put up a courageous fight with the elements. Finally, when those on land lost all hope of ever seeing their family and friends again, the small tugboat slowly approached the pear.
461 NA PERELOME (ON THE BREAK)
1957, 80 min., b/w
Director: Nikolai Lebedev, screenplay: Yevgeny Mitko, camera: Vitaly Chulkov, production designer: Alexander Black, misic: Vladimir Maklakov, sound: Boris Khutoryansky
Cast: V. Zharikov, Nina Drobysheva, Mikhail Yekaterininsky, Yuri Sorokin, V. Geraskin, Andrei Kostrichkin
After the death of his father the stepmother of the teenage boy Victor Tsaplin, suspecting him of stealing a watch, sent him to an Odessa orphanage. The kids gave the newcomer an unfriendly welcome, and when one of the staff announced that his ancient watch was missing, the blame was laid on Victor. Entering a marine school and sailing with tipsy fishermen, Victor smashes the motorboat. He is dismissed from the school.
Deciding to start anew in a different place, Victor leaves for the Kamchatka to work as a stoker.
462 PODDUBENSKIYE CHASTUSHKI (THE PODDUBKI LIMERICKS)
1957, 82 min., color
Director: Herbert Rappaport, camera: Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky, production designer: Victor Volin, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov
Cast: Leopold Stepanov, Yelena Rokotova, Svetlana Karpinskaya, Mikhail Mudrov, R. Suvorova, Galina Mochalova, Sergey Kokovkin
The picture is based on the short story of the same title by Sergey Antonov staged by the Drama Studio of the Leningrad Kirov Palace of Culture; producers: Oscar Remez, Lev Shostak.
The village of Poddubki in the vicinity of Moscow is populated by merry, vivacious young people who work there. The village is widely famous for its limericks: mischievous and lyrical, thoughtful and melancholy, provocative and sharp, they can be heard everywhere from early morning well into the night. Whoever is the author?
463 RYADOM S NAMI (AT OUR SIDE)
1957, 94 min., b/w
Director: Adolph Bergunker, screenplay: Yelena Katerli, Israel Metter, camera: Semyon Ivanov, production designer: Victor Savostin, misic: Orest Yevlakhov, sound: Boris Antonov
Cast: Leonid Bykov, Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Clara Luchko, Georgy Yumatov, Nikolai Rybnikov, Oleg Yefremov, Nina Doroshina, Boris Chirkov
Having familiarized himself with the situation at the factory, the new factory newspaper editor Andrei recognizes that the image of handsome Milovidov, a famous turner, is being upheld by the special working environment custom-made for him. Thus, as soon as the new important order calls for a switch from his accustomed technology, Milovidov is quick to turn it down. Self-loving and career-conscious, he also breaks with the girl who fell in love with him.
How will the lives of the characters proceed?
464 SMERT PAZUKHINA (PAZUKHIN'S DEATH)
1957, 85 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Grigory Nikulin, camera: Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Alexander Manevich, sound: Grigory Elbert
Cast: Mikhail Troyanovsky, Vitaly Polizeimako, Nikolai Korn, Anna Lisyanskaya, Olga Kaziko, Nina Urgant
Based on a play by Mikhail Saltykov-Schedrin staged by the Leningrad Gorky Drama Theatre; producer: Grigory Nikulin.
The rich merchant Ivan Pazukhin dies. Waiting for him to die, his family and hangers-on start a primitive struggle over the inheritance...
465 STEPAN KOLCHUGIN (STEPAN KOLCHUGIN)
1957, 90 min., b/w
Director: Tamara Rodionova, screenplay: Sokrat Kara (based on Part 1 of the novel of the same title by Vasily Grossman), camera: Heinrich Marandzhyan, production designer: Igor Vuskovich, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Nikolai Kosyrev
Cast: Seryezha Podmasteryev, Nina Mamayeva, Julian Panich, Lyudmila Makarova, Nina Nikitina, Nikolai Timofeyev, Arkady Trusov
466 TAMBU-LAMBU (TAMBU-LAMBU)
1957, 30 min., color
Director: Vladimir Bychkov, screenplay: Vladimir Bychkov, Yuri Printsev, camera: Valentin Zheleznyakov, Oleg Luchinin, production designer: Leonid Platov, misic: Alexander Manevich, sound: Nikolai Kosarev
Cast: Sasha Trusov, Vitya Perevalov, Konstantin Adashevsky
The picture features the adventures of two kids looking for the person who left his notebook in a telephone booth.
467 ULITSA POLNA NEOZHIDANNOSTEY (THE STREETS ARE FULL OF SURPRISES)
1957, 73 min., color
Director: Sergey Sidelev, screenplay: Leonid Karasyev, camera: Sergey Ivanov, production designer: Victor Savostin, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Irina Chernyakhovskaya
Cast: Leonid Kharitonov, Vsevolod Larionov, Georgy Chernovolenko, Yakov Rodos, Jemma Osmolovskaya, Vera Karpova, Yevgeny Leonov, Lyudmila Makarova
Through a misunderstanding, the young militiaman Vasya Shaneshkin detains and brings to the precinct Vodnev, employed as cashier at a construction trust. His daughter Katya, a University co-student of Shaneshkin's, doesn't dare tell her father that she favours Vasya. At the same time, the swindler Zaitsev, winning Vodnev's confidence, relieves him of a significant amount of money. Displaying resourcefulness and courage, Shaneshkin seizes the criminal.
468 SHTORM (THE STORM)
1957, 90 min., b/w
Director: Mikhail Dubson, screenplay: Vladimir Bill-Belotserkovsky (based on his play of the same title), camera: Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Nikolai Chervinsky, sound: Lev Valter
Cast: Vsevolod Safonov, David Volosov, Emma Popova, Yevgeny Lebedev, Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Sergey Filippov, Georgy Yumatov, Lydia Sukharevskaya
469 ANDREIKA (ANDREIKA)
1958, 90 min., color
Director: Nikolai Lebedev, screenplay: Alexander Popov, camera: Semyon Ivanov, production designer: Alexei Fedotov, misic: Vladimir Maklakov, sound: Lev Valter
Cast: Nikolai Timofeyev, Lilia Gritsenko, Alexander Larikov, Borya Vasilyev, Kolya Melnikov, Kirill Lavrov
Petrograd. Summer of 1917. A worker's son Andreika and a friend of his decide to help the grown-ups hide Lenin who is being sought by agents of the Provisional Government. One of the agents, Ensign Zvonkov, posing as a soldier released from the army and working as a janitor, evokes the boys' trust.
Yet, quite soon they see their mistake. Meeting “Uncle Vitya” in the street and following him, Andreika and his chum help the grown-ups arrest Zvonkov.
470 V DNI OKTYABRYA (IN THE DAYS OF OCTOBER)
1958, 103 min., color
Director: Sergey Vasilyev, screenplay: Sergey Vasilyev, Nikolai Otten, camera: Apollinary Dudko, production designer: Alexander Black, misic: Boris Chaikovsky, sound: Boris Khutoryansky
Cast: Vladimir Chestnokov, Leonid Lyubashevsky, Alexander Borisov, Sergey Plotnikov, Kirill Lavrov, Anatoly Fedorinov, Galina Vodyanitskaya
A historical picture featuring the revolutionary events of October, 1917.
The screenplay is based on “Ten Days That Shook the World”, a documentary publicistic book by the famous American journalist John Reed.
471 VEDMA (THE WITCH)
1958, 31 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Alexander Abramov, camera: Yevgeny Kirpichev, production designer: Semyon Malkin, misic: Boris Klyuzner, sound: Irina Chernyakhovskaya
Cast: Erast Garin, Alla Larionova, Nikolai Rybnikov
Based on a short story of the same title by Anton Chekhov.
The film was awarded the “Grand Prix Eurovision” of the 1st International Television Film Festival in Cannes, France (1961) and the Premium for the Best Short Film at the V International Film Festival in San Francisco, USA (1961).
472 GOROD ZAZHIGAYET OGNI (THE CITY LIGHTS GO ON)
1958, 97 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Vladimir Vengerov, camera: Heinrich Marandzhyan, production designer: Victor Volin, misic: Oleg Karavaychuk, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov
Cast: Nikolai Pogodin, Yelena Dobronravova, Oleg Borisov, Lilia Alyoshnikova, Yuri Lyubimov, Alexander Sokolov, Alisa Freindlich
Based on “In His Native City”, a story by Victor Nekrasov.
The ex-scout Captain Nikolai Mityasov returns to his native city which has been destroyed by the fascists. His heavy wound is keeping him from his favorite sports. Nikolai's confusion and embarrassment have been further enhanced by his wife's unfaithfulness. The new friends helped the man back from the front enroll in the Engineering and Construction Institute and take an active part in the peaceful working life.
473 DEN PERVUY (DAY ONE)
1958, 91 min., b/w
Director: Friedrich Ermler, screenplay: Konstantin Isayev, camera: Anatoly Nazarov, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Oleg Kravaychuk, sound: Alexander Becker
Cast: Edward Bredun, Oksana Petrenko, Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Konstantin Skorobogatov, Alexander Larikov, Yuri Tolubeyev
The Petrograd worker Nikolai Timofeyev is always in the thick of events. We see him in the Smolny, which is housing the headquarters of the Revolution; in the Peter and Paul Fortress, obtaining arms for the workers; in the Winter Palace, delivering the ultimatum to the ministers of the Provisional Government. Always at his side is his wife Katya, an expectant mother.
At the very time when Nikolai is storming the Winter Palace with the armed workers, on the marble staircase of the Headquarters in the Palace Square a son is born to Katya.
Day one of the Soviet Republic dawns, being also the first day in the life of Nikolai Timofeyev's son.
474 DOM NAPROTIV (THE BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET)
1958, 31 min., b/w
Director: Ayan Shakhmaliyeva, screenplay: Sergey Voronin, camera: Vitaly Chulkov, production designer: Victor Savostin, misic: extracts from pieces by Sergey Rakhmaninov, sound: Alexander Becker
Cast: Galina Dunayeva, Lyudmila Kasyanova, Gleb Selyanin, Stepan Krylov, Alexander Orlov
The driver Vasya, in hospital with bad bone fractures, doesn't believe in getting well. He gloom is further enhanced by the building across the street that is falling apart.
But one day workers arrive to tear down the ruins and begin new construction. Chatting to the builders and watching them at work, Vasya gradually comes alive, further helped by the jokes of the young stonemason Tasya.
Time passes. Vasya gets well, the building is ready, the workers have left, but Vasya's friendship with Tasya perseveres.
475 DOROGOY MOY CHELOVEK (MY DEAR MAN)
1958, 108 min., color
Director: Joseph Heifitz, screenplay: Yuri Herman, Joseph Heifitz, camera: Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky, production designers: Bella Manevich, Isaac Kaplan, misic: Venedict Pushkov, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky
Cast: Alexei Batalov, Inna Makarova, Leonid Bykov, Boris Chirkov, Ivan Pereverzev, Yuri Medvedev, Bella Vinogradova, Lydia Shtykan
The screenplay became the basis for the novel “The Cause You Serve” by Yuri Herman.
The main character, Vladimir Ustimenko, is a doctor. Life has not been kind to him. His father perished in Spain in the 1930-s. Invariably, no matter where his destiny took him, Vladimir stuck to the ideals and principles he developed back in his youth: as a student of the medical institute, in the capacity of army surgeon during the war, and in the post-war years when he became Head Physician in charge of a municipal hospital. Justice and selflessness have always been parts of Ustimenko's approach both to the cause he serves and the people he meets at different stages of his life.
This includes his girlfriend Varya, their friendship going back to well before the war and supporting both of them throughout their long lives.
476 YEVGENY ONEGIN (EUGENE ONEGIN)
1958, 108 min., color
Director: Roman Tikhomirov, screenplay: Alexander Ivanovsky, Roman Tikhomirov, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, sound: Grigory Elbert
Cast: Ariadna Shengelaya, Svetlana Nemolyayeva, Vadim Medvedev, Igor Ozerov, Ivan Petrov. Singing: Galina Vishnevskaya, Larisa Avdeyeva, Yevgeny Kibalko, Anton Grigoryev, Ivan Petrov
A screen version of the opera of the same title by Pyotr Chaikovsky based on the versed novel by Alexander Pushkin; musical manager and conductor: Boris Khaykin.
The film was awarded the Diploma of the XIII International Film Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland (1959).
477 KOLOVRASCHENIYE ZHIZNI (THE LIFE'S TURMOIL)
1958, 30 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Joseph Shapiro, camera: Konstantin Sobol, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Vladlen Chistyakov, sound: Irina Chernyakhovskaya
Cast: Arkady Trusov, Lyubov Malinovskaya, Victor Chekmaryev
Based on a short story of the same title by O'Henry.
478 KOCHUBEY (KOCHUBEY)
1958, 108 min., b/w, wide screen
Director: Yuri Ozerov, screenplay: Arkady Perventsev, camera: Sergey Ivanov, production designer: Semyon Malkin, misic: Yuri Levitin, sound: Nikolai Kosarev, Ilya Volk
Cast: Nikolai Rybnikov, Pavel Usovnichenko, Lyudmila Khityayeva, Julian Panich, Konstantin Sorokin, Fyodor Shmakov, Oleg Zhakov, Vladimir Tatosov
Loosely based on a novel of the same title by Arkady Perventsev.
The world was into the year 1918. Word of the brigade led by the brave and reckless Kochubey was all over the Kuban. Many a time did he drive the White troops out of villages with his unexpected maneuvers. Many a time his attack, delivered out of the blue, defeated the armed enemy units. But by and by, the fearless Kochubey came to understand that it takes also military discipline and mastery of military science to achieve a complete victory...
479 MISTER IKS (MISTER X)
1958, 95 min., color
Director: Yuzef Khmelnitsky, screenplay: Nora Rubunstein, Yuzef Khmelnitsky, camera: Vladimir Burykin, production designers: Abram Veksler, Yevgeny Yeney, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky
Cast: Georg Ots, Marina Yurasova, Anatoly Korolkevich, Zoya Vinogradova, Nikolai Kashirsky, Glikeria Bogdanova-Chesnokova, Grigory Yaron, Yephim Kopelyan
Based on “The Circus Princess”, a musical comedy by the Hungarian composer Imre Kalman.
480 NASH KORRESPONDENT (OUR REPORTER)
1958, 101 min., color
Director: Anatoly Granik, screenplay: Sergey Antonov, camera: Veniamin Levitin, production designer: Victor Volin, misic: Isaac Schwarz, sound: Vladimir Yakovlev
Cast: Nelly Podgornaya, Inna Makarova, Felix Razdyakonov, Rolan Bykov, Vitaly Konyayev
The meetings on Moscow construction sites and in the faraway virgin lands, the regular stories and essays focused on specific problems help the young reporter Tanya Nikitina gain professional skill.
Tanya's essay about the people developing virgin lands is a success, but unexpectedly she finds out that in her haste she has slandered a famous woman working there. Striving to reinstate the truth, the reporter writes a book about the heroine.
481 NOCHNOY GOST (THE NIGHT GUEST)
1958, 58 min., b/w
Director: Vladimir Shredel, screenplay: Yuri Nagibin, camera: Vladimir Burykin, production designer: Abram Veksler, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky
Cast: Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Alexandra Panova, Lyubov Sokolova, Valentina Pugacheva, Georgy Zhzhenov, Mikhail Gluzsky, Igor Yefimov
Based on a short story of the same title by Yuri Nagibin.
Late on a summer night, a new tenant, Pal Palych, appears in a cottage sitting on the shore of a beautiful lake where fishermen use to stay. Soon both the landlady and the other tenants get the feeling that behind the outward charm and the nice empty words is an indifferent and intensely self-loving person.
482 OTTSY I DETI (THE FATHERS AND THE CHILDREN)
1958, 103 min., color
Directors: Adolph Bergunker, Natalya Rashevskaya, screenplay: Alexander Vitov (Alexander Vitenzon), Natalya Rashevskaya, camera: Anatoly Nazarov, production designer: Igor Vuskovich, misic: Venedict Pushkov, sound: Boris Antonov
Cast: Victor Avdyushko, Nikolai Sergeyev, Yekaterina Alexandrovskaya, Edward Martsevich, Alexei Konsovsky, Bruno Freindlich, Alla Larionova, Izolda Izvitskaya
Based on a novel of the same title by Ivan Turgenev.
483 PAKHITA (PAKHITA)
1958, 32 min., b/w
Director: Mikhail Shapiro, camera: Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov
A screen version of a ballet performance to the music by Ludwig Minkus staged by the Leningrad Academic Small Opera Theatre; producer: Marius Petitpas, revival: Konstantin Boyarsky.
484 POD STUK KOLYOS (TO THE RUMBLE OF WHEELS)
1958, 71 min., b/w
Director: Mikhail Yershov, screenplay: Yuri Nagibin, camera: Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designer: Alexei Fedotov, misic: Oleg Karavaychuk, sound: Boris Khutoryansky
Cast: Iya Arepina, Alla Firsova, Pavel Kashlakov, Victor Adeyev, Ivan Selyanin, Igor Dmitriyev, Herman Khovanov
Based on “To School” and “Love”, short stories by Yuri Nagibin.
Sitting in a compartment of a train car, Yegor is reminiscing about his childhood and his friendship with the merriest and naughtiest of the village girls, Nastenka. Yegor left to get an education, while Nastenka became a charming young lady, gave up school and started work at the local Leisure Home.
The guests pronounced her to be heading towards a brilliant acting career, and Nastya forgot her childhood friend. In her turn, she was also forgotten by the departed guests from the capital, who promised to summon her to Moscow.
Coming home for his vacation, Yegor was at a loss for words needed to support the young girl.
At this time, on the train, Yegor feels that he is also responsible for Nastya's fate. Jumping off the moving train, Yegor returns to the village along the railway track.