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Dnevnik Glumova (1923)

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Filmic insert to Eisenstein's modernized, free adaptation of Ostrovskiy's 19th-century Russian stage play, "The Wise Man" ("Na vsyakogo mudretsa dovolno prostoty"). The anti-hero Glumov ... See full summary »

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Grigori Aleksandrov ...
Glumov 2, Golutvin
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Joffre
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Mikhail Gomorov ...
Turusina
Junior Inkizhinov ...
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Vera Muzykant ...
Mashenka, Mary McLack
Ivan Pyryev ...
Fascist clown
Maksim Shtraukh ...
Milyukov-Mamaev
Vera Yanukova ...
Mamaeva
Ivan Yazykanov ...
Glumov 1
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Filmic insert to Eisenstein's modernized, free adaptation of Ostrovskiy's 19th-century Russian stage play, "The Wise Man" ("Na vsyakogo mudretsa dovolno prostoty"). The anti-hero Glumov tries to escape exposure in the midst of acrobatics, derring-do, and farcical clowning. Several members of Eisenstein's troupe at the legendary "Proletkult" stage theatre in Moscow briefly appear in this little film. Written by Steven P Hill, University of Illinois.

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Long assumed to be lost, this little debut film by Eisenstein (a year or two before "Strike") was re-discovered decades later, contained in a short newsreel compiled in 1923 by Dziga Vertov ("Spring Smiles of Proletkult"). See more »

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Eisenstein's Humble Beginning
14 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Filmic insert to Eisenstein's modernized, free adaptation of Ostrovskiy's 19th-century Russian stage play...

While it is hard to judge anything that is only five minutes long, this is certainly an interesting little piece of film history. Somewhat odd with all the clowns, a bit surreal perhaps... and the juxtaposition of the playful actors with tanks symbolizing war and death... quite strange.

Of course, had the director gone on to only make newsreels, I never would have been exposed to it. But he was Sergei Eisenstein, one of the great silent directors and the master of Soviet cinema. Can we find hints at his genius in this brief sample? Perhaps, perhaps not.


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