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The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924)
"Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov" (original title)

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An example of ironic Soviet propagandistic film from the silent era, this film chronicles the adventures of an American, "Mr. West," and his faithful bodyguard and servant Jeddie, as they ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Porfiri Podobed ...
Mr. John S. West
Boris Barnet ...
Jeddy - the cowboy
Aleksandra Khokhlova ...
Countess von Saks
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Shban
Sergey Komarov ...
The One-Eyed Man
Leonid Obolensky ...
The Dandy
Vera Lopatina ...
Ellie - the American girl
G. Kharlampiev ...
Senka Svishch
Pyotr Galadzhev ...
Crook
S. Sletov ...
Crook
V. Latyshevski ...
Crook
Andrei Gorchilin ...
Policeman (as A. Gorchilin)
Vladimir Fogel
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An example of ironic Soviet propagandistic film from the silent era, this film chronicles the adventures of an American, "Mr. West," and his faithful bodyguard and servant Jeddie, as they visit the land of the horrible, evil Bolsheviks. Through various mishaps, Mr. West discovers that the Soviets are actually quite remarkable people, and, by the end of the film, his opinion of them has changed to one of glowing admiration! Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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27 April 1924 (Soviet Union)  »

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An extraordinary movie from the land of bolsheviks...
16 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is truly an extraordinary film, even for the Golden age of the Soviet cinema. Documentary footage alone guarantees this film a niche in history (Church of Christ the Savior before its demolition, parade). Kuleshov's masterful montage should surprise no one, since the term "Kuleshov effect" wasn't coined out of thin air. Acting is superb, especially by Khokhlova and Vsevolod Pudovkin, himself at that time only a few years away from directorial fame and immortality. The flaws of the film are minor, and are a norm for the films of the time. The strengths are enormous, and make it a true masterpiece.


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