Director:Ivan Druzhinin, screenplay: M. Timens, camera: Nikolai Yefremov, production designer: Ivan Druzhinin
A cowardly boy Nikolka loved to boast of his exploits. One day he took a rifle and went to the forest to trace a wolf and came across a little rabbit. The frightened boy took the rabbit for some dangerous wild beast and rushed home, forgetting about his rifle.
140 TSENA CHELOVYEKA (VALUE OF A MAN)
1928, 68 min., b/w
Directors: Mikhail Averbakh, Mark Donskoi, screenplay: Veniamin Yadin, Leonid Zalkind, camera: Nikolai Ushakov, production designers: Semyon Meinkin, Mikhail Litvak
Cast: D. Maloletnov, Igor Doronin, Roza Sverdlova
This film is about the necessity of the careful attitute to a friend.
141 A POCHEMU TAK? (AND WHY IS IT SO?)
1929, 50 min., b/w
Directors: Nikolai Dirin, A. Larionov, screenplay: A. Larionov, camera: Boris Khrennikov, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov
Cast: L. Ivanov-Rayev, Vladimir Romashkov, Olga Rozevskaya, Fyodor Bogdanov, N. Mikhailov
The film is about the close association of young people with the elder generation of workers.
142 ADRES LENINA (LENIN’S ADDRESS)
1929, 61 min., b/w
Director:Vladimir Petrov, screenplay: Boris Brodyansky, camera: Vyacheslav Gordanov, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov
Cast: Sergei Minin, Yelena Yegorova, Gerda Slatanakh
This film is about neurasthenia and the methods of its treatment.
144 BUZILKA PROTIV BRAKA (BUZILKA STRUGGLES AGAINST DEFECTIVE GOODS)
1929, 18 min., b/w
Director: Alexander Presnyakov, screenplay: A. Maslov-Minikh, camera: Nikolai Yefremov, production designer: Viktor Tvardovsky, cartoons, production design by: S. Zhukov, captions by: Dmitry Tolmachev
Buzilka, a drawn personage, purchased in a store a primus-stove, a knife and some sausage. All the goods turned out to be of low quality. Buzilka goes to companies manufacturing these goods. He finds out why the companies are producing defective products and takes the necessary steps to improve the situation.
145 BUNT BABUSHEK (GRANDMOTHERS’ REVOLT)
1919, 50 min., b/w
Director: Oskar Gallai, screenplay: Iosif Berhin, Yuri Musykant, camera: M. Galper, production designer: Fyodor Berenshtam
Cast: Pavel Kurzner, B. Manukhin, D. Zhiryakov, R. Kamskaya, Yuri Laptev
People overcome the feeling of chauvinism.
146 GENERAL TOPTYGIN (GENERAL TOPTYGIN)
1929, 23 min., b/w
Director: Sergei Glagolin, screenplay: N. Ignatovich, Sergei Glagolin, camera: Ya. Leibov, Pavel Pallei, production designer:Boris Almendingen
Cast: K. Karenin, Sergei Glagolin, Fyodor Slavsky
Based on Nikolai Nekrasov’s poem of the same title.
147 GOLUBOI EKSPRESS (BLUE EXPRESS)
1929, 61 min., b/w
Director: Ilya Trauberg, screenplay: Leonid Ierikhonov, Ilya Trauberg, camera: Boris Khrennikov, Yuli Stilianudis, production designers: Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke, Moisei Levin
The film was sound-tracked in Paris in 1931
Cast: Sergei Minin, Igor Chernyak, I. Arbenin, Yakov Gudkin, Ivan Savelyev, San Bo-yan
The film features the struggle of Chinese people for freedom and national independence.
148 DOROGA V MIR (ROAD TO THE WORLD)
1929, 84 min., b/w
Director: Boris Shpis, screenplay: Mikhail Bleiman, Boris Shpis, camera: Yevgeny Mikhailov, production designer: Semyon Meinkin
Cast: Valery Solovtsov, Kira Semyonova, Mikhail Speransky, Yanina Zheimo, Anna Zarzhitskaya, Shura Zavyalov
History of Russian proletariat is illustrated by the life story of a worker — member of the Bolshevik party.
149 ZOLOTOI KLYUV (GOLDEN BEAK)
1929, 67 min., b/w
Director: Yevgeny Chervyakov, screenplay: Nikolai Molodtsov, Yevgeny Chervyakov, camera: Svyatoslav Belyayev, Alexander Sigayev, production designer: Semyon Meinkin
Cast: L. Yefimov, Gennady Michurin, Sergei Minin, M. Gipsi, Boris Dmokhovsky, Boris Livanov, Anna Sten, Konstantin Gibshman
Based on Anna Karavayeva’s novel of the same title.
The film tells about the slavish forced labor of serfs working in mines in the times of tsar Paul I and about their struggle against the tyranny of tsarist administration.
150 KAAN-KEREDE (KAAN-KEREDE)
1929, 62 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Vladimir Feinberg, camera: Friedrich Verigo-Dorovsky, V. Kamensky, production designers: Isaak Makhlis, Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke
Cast: M. Gipsi, I. Arbenin, Lev Butarinsky, Pavel Kurzner, Bela Chernova, K. Karenin, Varvara Myasnikova
The film tells about the penetration of new culture and struggle against backward views in remote regions of the country.
Director: Viktor Grigoryev (Gri), screenplay: Avraam Naroditsky, production designers: Viktor Grigoryev (Gri), Dmitry Tolmachev, captions by: Dmitry Tolmachev
At the time when “Soviet Copeck” factory employees are working hard to increase the public wealth an idler does nothing but drinks. His machine tool complains that his operator is a sloven. Hardly moving his feet the idler goes first to the medical room and then to the mutual insurance fund. A Soviet copeck urges its friends to repulse the lazy drunkard. Money refuses to go into his pocket.
161 TRANSPORT OGNYA (FIRE TRANSPORT)
1929, 76 min., b/w
Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Heifits, Alexander Ivanov, camera: Alexander Gintsburg, production designer: Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke
Cast: Kseniya Klyaro, Gleb Kuznetsov, Nikolai Michurin, Alexei Goryushin, Lev Butarinsky
The film features the underground activities of armed workers detachments on the eve of the first Russian revolution.
The film features the episodes of revolutionary struggle in the West.
163 FLAG NATSII (THE FLAG OF THE NATION)
1929, 76 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Vladimirm Shmidthof after libretto by Nikolai Akimov, camera: Vladimir Danashevsky, production designers: Yevgeny Yeney, Yevgeniya Slovtsova
Cast: Boris Azarov, P. Naumov, Gennady Michurin, Nina Shaternikova, Sergei Minin, Yuri Lavrov, Igor Chernyak
The film features the struggle of workers against violence and police tyranny in the capitalist society.
164 CHELOVEK S PORTFELEM (A MAN WITH A BRIEFCASE)
1929, 65 min., b/w
Director: Cheslav Sabinsky, screenplay: A. Kirillov, camera: Naum Aptekman, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov
Cast: Nikolai Monakhov, Irina Volodko, Kolya Simonovich, S. Pronskaya, Andrei Lavrentyev, Pavel Kurzner, Sergei Shishko, Varvara Myasnikova
Based on Alexei Faiko’s play of the same title.
The film unmasks a disguised enemy who fraudulently mixes with Soviet scientists.
165 CHERNY PARUS (THE BLACK SAIL)
1929, 72 min., b/w
Director: Sergei Yutkevich, screenplay: Boris Feldman, Georgy Zelondzhev-Shipov, camera: Joseph Martov, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney
Cast: Pyotr Savin, Konstantin Nazarenko, Nina Shaternikova, Boris Poslavsky, D. Zaitsev, Andrei Kostrichkin
Young Communist Leaguers urge fishermen to sell their take to a state company rather than to a private owner — a profiteer.
166 BRATISHKIN SOREVNUYETSYA (BRATISHKIN TAKES PART IN A COMPETITION))
1930, 10 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Vladislav Tvardovsky, camera: Nikolai Yefremov, production designer: Vladislav Tvardovsky
Ideas of socialist competition going on at plants, factories, mines and in villages evokes warm response in Bratishkin, a Red Army soldier. He gathers the most active Red Army men and they draft a socialist emulation agreement that includes over 200 various paragraphs. He forgets to include only one paragraph — the combat training. Party leaders and commanders correct this mistake. The chart showing results of combat training is prominently displayed. Competition among Red Army men helps to improve their battle training.
167 VESYOLAYA VOINA (MERRY WAR)
1930, 62 min., b/w
Directors: Pyotr Veisbrem, Nikolai Dirin, screenplay: Alexander Popov, camera: Sergei Zhigachev
Cast: N. Vildgrube, M. Guseva, Sergei Sploshnov, Yelena Kuzmina
The film features competition among young workers.
168 VETER V LITSO (AGAINST THE WIND)
1930, 80 min., b/w
Directors: Alexander Zarkhi, Iosif Heifits, screenplay: Iosif Berkhin, camera: Mikhail Kaplan, Khecho Nazaryants, production designer: Yelena Aladzhalova
Cast: Oleg Zhakov, Alexander Melnikov, D. Zgiryakov, T. Petrova, Z. Gleizarova
Screen version of the Tram Theatre production based on Nikolay Lvov’s play “ Days Are Melting”.
Young Communist Leaguers are fighting against the old philistine mode of life.
The film satirizes narrow-mindedness and philistine attitude to life.
172 DVE SILY (TWO POWERS)
1930, 49 min., b/w
Director: Noi Galkin, screenplay: Dmitry Sverchkov, Mikhail Bleiman, Noi Galkin, L. Konstantinovsky, camera: Leopold Verigo-Dorovsky, production designer: Pavel Betaki
Cast: K. Karenin, Alexander Antonov, L. Konstantinovsky
The film features revolutionary struggle of workers against tsarist power.
173 YEST, KAPITAN! (AYE, AYE, CAPTAIN!)
1930., 84 min., b/w
Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Vladimir Granatman, Alexander Ivanov, Mikhail Shapiro, camera: Yuli Stilianudis, Boris Khrennikov, production designer: Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke
Cast: Lev Butarinsky, Alexei Goryushin, Igor Antonenko, Fyodor Slavsky, Kseniya Klyaro
The film features the heroism and selflessness of Soviet seamen serving in merchant fleet.
174 ZHIZN NA POLNY KHOD (LIFE AT FULL SPEED)
1930, 67 min., b/w
Director: Eduard Ioganson, screenplay: A. Shmyrev, camera: Gleb Bushtuyev, Boris Khrennikov, production designers: Yevgeniya Slovtsova, Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke
Cast: Fyodor Nikitin, Maria Taut-Korso, N. Urvantsev
The film tells about establishing of the new style of relations in a Soviet family.
175 ZAGOVOR MYORTVYKH (THE PLOT OF THE DEAD)
1930, 72 min., b/w
Director: Semyon Timoshenko, screenplay:Nikolai Tikhonov, Semyon Timoshenko, camera: Alexander Gintsburg, Vladimir Danashevsky, production designers: Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke, Moisei Levin
Cast: Boris Babochkin, Leonid Kmit, Pyotr Vitsinsky, Nikolai Petrov, Vladimir Taskin, David Gutman, Yevgeny Chervyakov, Pyotr Kuznetsov
The film tells about heroic defense of Petrograd by workers in 1919.
176 ZAYOM V MASSY (A LOAN FOR MASSES)
1930, 11 min., b/w
Director: Ye. Ustinov, director- production designer: I. Reiman, camera: S. Bartashevich
Made as an advertising cartoon the film explained the political and economical importance of the “Five-Year Plan in Four Years” state loan. The film urged season-workers returning to their villages to subscribe to the state loan.
177 KAVKAZSKY PLENNIK (THE PRISONER OF THE CAUCASUS)
1930, 72 min., b/w
Director: Alexander Ivanovsky, screenplay: Pavel Shchegolev, Viktor Manuilov, camera: Naum Aptekman, production designer: Moisei Levin
Cast: Boris Tamarin, Galina Kravchenko, A. Sandel, Roza Sverdlova, Ivan Khudoleyev, Igor Chernyak, L. Dobrovolsky, K. Karenin, Irina Volodko
The film focuses on some circumstances of the tragic death of poet Mikhail Lermontov.
178 KTO VINOVAT? (WHO’S TO BLAME?)
1930, 63 min., b/w
Director: Noi Galkin, screenplay: Noi Galkin, Dmitry Tolmachev, idea and libretto: Lazar Sukharebsky, camera: Leonid Patlis, Joseph Martov, production designer: Pavel Betaki
Cast: Olga Lenskaya, Yekaterina Korchagina-Alexandrovskaya, Sergei Minin
The film about hygiene in a family life.
179 LITSOM K LITSU (FACE TO FACE)
1930, 67 min., b/w
Director: Oskar Gallai, screenplay: Iosif Berkhin, camera: Vasily Simbirtsev, Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Vladimir Yegorov
Cast: Pavel Kurzner, Irina Volodko, Boris Shlikhting, Maria Dobrova
Ivanov, an ex-White Army man, who managed to get the position of the technical director of a large fur company is guided solely by the interests of private owners. Enjoying the full confidence of Mokhov, the chairman of the company, he starts large-scale sabotage.
180 LYAGAVY (POINTER)
1930., 50 min., b/w
Director: Pyotr Kirillov, screenplay: Lyudmila Vepritskaya, A. Goldman, camera: Ya. Leibov, Pavel Pallei, production designer: K. Ladogina
Cast: Varvara Myasnikova, V. Galyamin, V. Nikitin, Boris Lytkin, S. Akimov, G. Vasilyeva
Loosely based on Lyudmila Vepritskaya’s play of the same title.
The film tells about bringing children up in the spirit of comradeship.
181 MYORTVAYA DUSHA (THE DEAD SOUL)
1930., 61 min., b/w
Director: Vladimir Feinberg, screenplay: Dmitry Tolmachev, camera: I. Tikhomirov, production designers: Semyon Meinkin, Pavel Betaki, K. Ladogina
Cast: Vladimir Gardin, Anna Zarzhitskaya, Klavdiya Destomb, Andrei Kostrichkin
The film denounces bureaucratic formalism.
182 MSTITEL (AVENGER)
1930, 76 min., b/w
Director: Boris Shpis, screenplay: Rachel Milman, Boris Shpis, camera: I. Tikhomirov, production designer: Yevgeniya Slovtsova
Cast: D. Maloletnev, L. Vladimirova, K. Karenin, L. Dobrovolsky, V. Kalashnikov, Yuri Laptev, Boris Shlikhting
Loosely based on “The Voice of the Earth Depths”, a play by Vladimir Bill-Belotserkovsky
Front-rank Donbas miners are working hard to get the mining industry out of crisis and devastation.
192 SPYASHCHAYA KRASAVITSA (SLEEPNG BEAUTY)
1930, 76 min., b/w
Directors: Georgy and Sergei Vasilyev, screenplay: Grigory Aleksandrov, Georgy and Sergei Vasilyev, camera: Yevgeny Shneider, production designer: Isaak Makhlis
Cast: Konstantin Mukhutdinov, Varvara Myasnikova, Nikolai Simonov, P. Viktorov, Yelena Deineko, Pyotr Pirogov, Yakov Gudkin
The film deal with the importance of the new proletarian art.
193 SMOTRI V KOREN (GET TO THE ROOT OF THE MATTER)
1930, 9 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Boris Antonovsky, production designer: Boris Antonovsky
The Pope addresses believers with an appeal to organize a crusade “to save Russia from Communism”. Reactionary circles in the USA and Britain support the Pope. Counter-revolutionary Russian emigrants and reactionaries in many countries take up the Pope’s initiative. However, all their plans fail.
194 SCHASTLIVY KENT (HAPPY KENT)
1930, 77 min., b/w
Director: Vladimir Shmidtgof, screenplay: Mikhail Bleiman, camera: Vladimir Danashevsky, Yuri Utekhin, production designer: Yevgeniya Slovtsova
Cast: Pyotr Sobolevsky, Sofia Magarill, I. Moskalev, V. Yelensky, Vladimir Gardin, Tamara Makarova
The film tells about the crash of petty-bourgeois illusions of an American worker
195 SYN STRANY (SON OF THE COUNTRY)
1930, 65 min., b/w
Director: Eduard Ioganson, screenplay: Vladimir Nedobrovo after the idea of Nikolai Beresnev, camera: Alexander Gintsburg, Georgy Filatov, production designer: Vladimir Yegorov
Cast: Boris Ivanitsky, Vladimir Vikulin, Iona Brodsky, Sergei Barmichev
The film is about class struggle in one of the remote regions of Uzbekistan in the first years of the Soviet power.
196 TYAZHELAYA NAGRUZKA (HARD LOAD)
1930, 60 min., b/w
Director: Pyotr Kirillov, screenplay: Daniil Rafalovich, camera: Vaniamin Levitin, production designer: L. Neimark
Cast: Nikolai Petrov, Andrei Apsolon, S. Kovalev, L. Ladonina
Based on “The Last Percent”, a short story by P. Sakharov about the wrong methods of drawing young people in the Young Communist League.
197 FRITZ BAUER (FRITZ BAUER)
1930, 66 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Vladimir Petrov, camera: Vyacheslav Gordanov, production designers: Nikolai Suvorov, Pavel Betaki
Cast: Bruno Riderer, Kseniya Serafimova, Kolya Simanovich, Fatima Gilyazova, F. Neibakher, V. Veitsel, O. Brauer, Georgy Friken
Based on the play of the same title by Natalya Sats and V. Selikhova
The film features class struggle in Germany and participation of workers’ children in the struggle.
198 CHUZHOI BEREG (FOREIGN SHORE)
1930, 64 min., b/w
Director: Mark Donskoy, screenplay: Vsevolod Vvedensky, B. Zvonarev, camera: M. Galper, production designer: Pavel Betaki
Cast: Ye. Gavrilova, F. Brest, Yakov Gudkin, M. Maloletnov, Boris Shlikhting, Lyudmila Semyonova
A group of Soviet seamen is trying to reform their comrade.
199 TYSYACHA DEVYATSOT PYATIY GOD V BURZHUAZNOI SATIRE (THE YEAR OF 1905 IN A BOURGEOIS SATIRE)
1930, 13 min., b/w
Director: Noi Galkin, screenplay: Simon Dreiden, camera: Pyotr Chupyatov, cartoons: Ivan Druzhinin
The film was sound-tracked in 1931. Director of the sound version: Georgy Rimsky-Korsakov, misic: Vladimir Deshevov, sound: Mikhail Mukhachev
The film is based on documentary materials related to the days of the first Russian revolution. The film uses cartoons and poems ridiculing Nicholas II, Pobedonostsev, Vitte, Durnovo, Kokovtsev, Goremykin, Trepov and Dubasov published in satirical magazines in 1905 — 1906.
200 AVARIYA (ACCIDENT)
1931, 40 min., silent, b/w
Written and directed by: German Matveyev, camera: Georgy Brusse
Cast: Pyotr Pirogov
A group of front-rank workers are trying to bridge the gaps in river transport.
201 AMERIKANSKAYA ISTORIYA (AN AMERICAN STORY)
1931, 22 min., silent, b/w
Director: Boris Nikiforov, screenplay: Boris Kolomarov, camera: Alexander Bratukha
Cast: A. Nikolayev, Kondratyev, A. Shandrikovskaya
The film tells about necessity to acquire technical skills.
202 GOPAK (HOPAK) (UKRAINIAN FOLK DANCE)
1931, 11 min., sound, b/w
Director: Mikhail Tsekhanovsky, camera: Andrei Moskvin, production designer: P. Sokolov, misic: Nikolai Timofeyev, sound: Mikhail Mukhachev, choreography: Vasily Vainonen, conductors: Alexander Gauk, Nikolai Rabinovich
Experimental sound film composed of separate dancing turns.
203 DNEVNIK ODNOI COMMUNY (DIARY OF ONE COMMUNE)
1931, 53 min., silent, b/w
Director: Abram Grinfeld, screenplay: Lev Levin, camera: D. Kandelaki, production designer: Semyon Meinkin
Commune of Young Communist Leaguers is fighting for successful completion of the construction of the Stalingrad tractor plant.
204 ZAKON DRUZHBY (THE LAW OF FRIENDSHIP)
1931, 54 min., silent, b/w
Director: Cheslav Sabinsky, screenplay: M. Itina, Georgy Krol, Pavel Stelmakh, camera: Alexander Azhogin, production designer: Konstantin Bondarenko
Cast: V. Tulubyev, Fyodor Slavsky, V. Lagert, G. Oparin, T. Kaligina
This film for children condemns the false interpretation of the notion of friendship.
205 ZAPAKH VELIKOI IMPERII (THE SMELL OF THE GREAT EMPIRE)
1931, 56 min., silent, b/w
Director: Sergei Glagolin, screenplay: M. Gerasimov, Iosif Prut, camera: Emmanuil Ratner, production designer: Pavel Betaki
Cast: Fyodor Slavsky, A. Obukhovich, Boris Oganyants, K. Lazarev
The film promotes activities of Osoaviakhim (Society for Assisting Army and Air Force).
206 ZLATIYE GORY (GOLDEN MOUNTS)
1931, 95 min., sound, b/w
Director: Sergei Yutkevich, screenplay:Andrei Mikhailovsky, Vladimir Nedobrovo, Sergei Yutkevich, Lev Arnshtam, camera: Joseph Martov, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Dmitry Shostakovich, sound: Ilya Volk
Cast: Boris Poslavsky, Yurti Korvin-Krukovsky, Boris Feodosyev, Ivan Shtraukh, Boris Tenin, Nikolai Michurin, Nikolai Shengelaya
1914 strike movement on Baku oil fields and at St. Petersburg metallurgical works give strong impulse to the development of class conscience of a worker, a recent peasant.
207 ZOLOTOYE VREMYA (GOLDEN TIME)
1931, 25 min., silent, b/w
Director: Pyotr Kirillov, screenplay: Vladimir Nedobrovo, camera: Sergei Zhigachev, production designers: D. Neimark, Konstantin Bondarenko
Cast: V. Pushilov
Group of factory laborers is trying to reform their fellow who is a shirker and a bad worker.
208 ZYBUN (QUICK SANDS)
1931, 95 min., silent, b/w
Director: Nikolai Lebedev, Vladimir Yakovlev, screenplay: Andrei Mikhailovsky, Alexander Chirkov, camera: Sergei Ivanov (Alliluyev), L. Medvedev, production designer: Yevgeniya Slovtsova
Cast: A. Rokotov, V. Pushilov, N. Gutovsky, Pyotr Nikashin, Tatyana Guretskaya
The film features struggle against kulaks (peasant proprietors) and attempts to attract “middle” peasants to join a collective farm.
209 IKH PUTI RAZOSHLIS (THEY DRIFTED APART)
1931, 57 min., silent, b/w
Director: Boris Fyodorov, screenplay: Leonid Zalkind, Alexander Lazebnikov, Andrei Mikhailovsky, camera: Sergei Ivanov (Alliluyev), production designer: Yevgeny Yeney
Cast: Vladimir Gardin, Georgy Friken, Ya. Rykov, Pyotr Kirillov, T. Martirosov
Under the influence of successes achieved in building socialism foreign experts working in the USSR
begin to stratify according to their class affiliations
210 KAPLYA NEFTI (A DROP OF OIL)
1931, 58 min., silent, b/w
Written and directed by: Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke, camera: Naum Aptekman, production designer: Boris Dubrovsky-Eshke
Based on “Oil”, a play by Tur brothers (pen-name of Pyotr Ryzhey and Leonid Tubelsky), Yakov Gorev and Alexander Shtein.
211 KINOMETLA NOMER TRI (CINEMA-BROOM No. 3)
1931, 38 min., silent, b/w
Director: Igor Sorokhtin, screenplay: Dmitry Tolmachev, camera: Vasily Simbirtsev, F. Zandberg
Cast: Andrei Kostrichkin, Alexander Melnikov
The film features struggle against production of defective consumer goods.
212 KONETS NAKHALOVKI (THE END OF NAKHALOVKA)
1931, 56 min., b/w
Director: Manuel Bolshintsov, screenplay: Mikhail Bleiman, Manuel Bolshintsov, camera: Alexander Azhogin, production designer: Pavel Betaki