6.6/10
386
9 user 6 critic

Sumerki zhenskoi dushi (1913)

A young, rich woman decides to dedicate her life to helping the poor, but a tragic incident changes her life.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A grief-stricken ballerina becomes the obsession of an increasingly unhinged artist.

Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Stars: Vera Karalli, Aleksandr Kheruvimov, Vitold Polonsky
Posle smerti (1915)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Andrei lives a secluded life with his aunt, studying and thinking about his now-deceased mother. His friend Tsenin is concerned, and tries to get Andrei to accompany him to social events. ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Stars: Vitold Polonsky, Olga Rakhmanova, Vera Karalli
Daydreams (1915)
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sergei's beloved wife Yelena has passed away, and the bereaved husband is inconsolable. He remains obsessed with pictures of Yelena and with a braid of her hair that he has saved. One day, ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Stars: Alexander Wyrubow, F. Werchowzewa, Viktor Arens
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Seamstress Mary dreams of a better life in luxury instead of her badly paid job in a sweatshop. Her dreams come true, when she draws the attention of Victor, a burgeoise, who invites her ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Stars: Elena P. Smirnova, Nina Kosljaninowa, Michael Salarow
Ingeborg Holm (1913)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Single mother is separated from her children due to financial struggles.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Hilda Borgström, Aron Lindgren, Erik Lindholm
Atlantis (1913)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After Dr. Friedrich's wife becomes mentally unstable and his research papers are rejected, he leaves the country to respite.

Director: August Blom
Stars: Olaf Fønss, Ida Orloff, Ebba Thomsen
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Walter Miller, Lillian Gish, Kate Bruce
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Objected to date his sweetheart by his uncle, a young man turns his thoughts to murder.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Spottiswoode Aitken, Blanche Sweet
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Dorothy Bernard, Wilfred Lucas, Anthony O'Sullivan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Anaïs Demoustier, Béatrice Dalle
Cinderella (1914)
Fantasy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on the fairy tale: Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but is able to go to the royal ball through the help of the Fairy Godmother.

Director: James Kirkwood
Stars: Mary Pickford, Owen Moore, Isabel Vernon
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island of pirates and encounters a man with multiple personalities.

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Hugues Quester, Anne Alvaro, Melvil Poupaud
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Nina Chernova ...
A. Ugrjumov ...
Prince Dolskij
V. Demert ...
Maksim Petrov
V. Brianski ...
(as Vitali Brianski)
Edit

Storyline

Despite living in luxury, Vera is lonely and discontented. When she accompanies her mother, the Countess, on a charity visit to the poor, she is troubled by what she sees, and she resolves to do whatever she can to help them. But one man takes advantage of her innocence, and he lures her into a trap so that he can assault her. The dreadful results of this attack will affect Vera's life long afterward. Written by Snow Leopard

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

singer | rape | party | murder | marriage | See All (5) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 November 1913 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Twilight of a Woman's Soul  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first reel contains the first known traveling shot using a camera dolly, by cameraman Nikolai Kozlovsky. The first known camera dolly had been created by Spanish cameraman Segundo de Chomón, working for Pathe in Paris in 1912 and patented in Italy the same year, but it is unlikely that director Yevgeni Bauer or Kozlovski were aware of it. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good Early Bauer Feature, & A Sign Of Even Better Things to Come
24 June 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This early Yevgeni Bauer feature is good in itself, but more than that it shows the potential that he would soon realize in the compelling melodramas he was to film in the mid-1910s. In itself, "Twilight of a Woman's Soul" is just a little better than average compared with the dramas being made elsewhere at the time, but there are flashes of the mood and the techniques that soon afterward made Bauer one of the most creative and interesting (if also under-appreciated) film-makers of his time.

Bauer's technique is even more restrained here that it is in his later features, with very sparing (but effective) use of camera movement and other such techniques, with the movie relying more on the lighting, sets, and actors to create its effect.

The story centers on a lonely young aristocratic woman whose search for a purpose in her life is sadly exploited by one of the men whom she tries to help. The rest of the movie focuses on the ways that this one incident affects her life, and the lives of others, in the years that follow. It's the kind of plot that Bauer, in his later features, would examine deeply, and he would learn how to involve the viewer's emotions almost to the breaking point.

This feature never becomes as chilling, as gripping, or as heart-rending as his best movies do. But it is a solid drama, and a drama that also has plenty to say. Bauer soon learned to make his points even more memorably, but this is also worth seeing, especially for anyone who appreciates his unusual and imaginative style.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?