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Drama v tabore podmoskovnykh tsygan (1908)

Khanzhinkov's first film: shot entirely outdoors.

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A group of gypsies has camped near Moscow. While the others are sleeping, a young gypsy woman slips away from camp with a man who loves her. But problems soon arise, when the two of them realize that they have different ideas about their relationship. Written by Snow Leopard

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20 December 1908 (Russia)  »

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Drama Near Moscow  »

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Lively & Unpredictable
9 July 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This early Russian short feature is lively, unpredictable, and worth seeing. The story centers on a camp of gypsies, and in filming it they actually used a band of gypsies, rather than professional actors. This seems to give some energy to the story. It was also filmed outdoors, and the photography makes good use of the setting. While in some respects unrefined, it uses its resources well, and shows some creativity.

The story starts with a young gypsy woman who has found a lover, and then follows the consequences of their relationship. It's a fairly simple story, and it is also the general kind of story that was relatively common (though usually with a different kind of setting) in the era. But while "Drama in a Gypsy Camp Near Moscow" treats a serious subject, it avoids the common hazards of seeming heavy, preachy, or contrived. It also contains a good amount of action for such a short running time. Despite the inexperience of the cast and crew, it compares relatively well with similar movies of its era.


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