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Shors (1939)

Shchors (original title)
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Credited cast:
Evgeniy Samoylov ...
Nikolay Shchors (as E. Samoylov)
Ivan Skuratov ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yu. Bantysh
D. Barbinski
D. Barbinskiy
Anna Borisoglebskaya ...
Old Woman
Valentin Dukler ...
(as V. Dukler)
Vyacheslav Gomolyaka
Aleksandr Grechanyy
Fyodor Ishchenko ...
Petro Chish
D. Kadnikov
Aleksandr Khvylya ...
Savka (as A. Khvylya)
Sergey Komarov
Dmitriy Kostenko ...
(as D. Kostenko)
P. Krasilich


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Release Date:

20 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shors  »

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Sad relics of Soviet Socialist Realism
30 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

An earthy, epic historical drama set during World War I and the Russian Civil War, Shchors is a biographical portrait of the partisan leader and communist Nikolai Shchors, one of the few indisputable Bolshevik icons of Ukrainian origin. The work was commissioned by Stalin himself, who asked Dovzhenko to "give us a Ukrainian Chapayev" - a reference to the popular (though mediocre) 1934 film by Sergei and Georgi Vasiliev depicting the heroic exploits of a folksy Russian Red Army commander. The prolonged production of Shchors proved a nightmare for Dovzhenko, who was forced to submit every creative decision and every episode for high-level political approval, and who found himself accused of Ukrainian nationalism by Stalin's increasingly paranoid henchmen. There is one remarkable, picturesque sequence of burial. Nothing else. Shchors represents the glory of socialist-realist restrictions imposed upon an artist, the ultimate product of Zhdanovist canons. Nothing left of Dovzhenko's dynamic energy and fervent poetry featured in his best picture, 'Earth.'

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