During the Revolution Princess Vera, though betrothed to Prince Dimitri, is attracted to the peasant Feodor.

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Vera, A Princess
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Mariusha, A Gypsy
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Stefan, A Blacksmith
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Vasili - A Boatman
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In tsarist Russia, the Volga boatmen live hard lives, trudging along the water's edge as they pull heavy cargoes up and down the river. One day, as Prince Dimitri and his fiancée Princess Vera stop to have their fortunes told at a Tartar camp along the river, they encounter a group of boatmen who are taking a short rest. One of the boatmen, the spirited Feodor, provokes a hostile confrontation with the two aristocrats. Later, when the Revolution breaks out, Feodor becomes a leader in the Red Army, and he again encounters Dimitri and Vera, only this time with much higher stakes. Written by Snow Leopard

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23 May 1926 (USA)  »

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Le batelier de la Volga  »

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When Jetta Goudal signed on to play the gypsy Mariusha, the role was originally written as a straight dramatic character. After the role was rewritten as comedic, Goudal left the film. See more »

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Referenced in Personality Parade (1938) See more »

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Song of the Volga Boatmen
By Sigmund Spaeth
Harmonized by Carl Deis, c. 1926
'the immortal song that inspired the Cecil B. DeMille motion picture production "The Volga Boatman" with William Boyd and Elinor Fair'
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Until I saw this movie, I had the wrong impression of what a Volga boatman was.
30 July 2003 | by (Tustin, CA) – See all my reviews

I thought Volga boatmen were workers on boats that traveled on the Volga river. I was shocked and pained to see they were human beasts of burden. C.B. DeMille got his message through to me - loud & clear. He set a very high production & story telling standard for his contemporaries and all those who would follow him. William Boyd's eyes pierce your soul. He is very exotic looking. He did an excellent job portraying an idealistic Bolshevik leader. It was interesting viewing to watch him struggle with the challenges he encountered while battling for freedom. (If I were Princess Vera, I wouldn't be able to give him up either.) The Silent movies you have to sit down, watch and concentrate. This film, its' story and William Boyd are unforgettable.


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