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Sumerki zhenskoi dushi (1913)

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

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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

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26 November 1913 (Russia)  »

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Twilight of a Woman's Soul  »

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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 »

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A mixed bag from Bauer
30 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This Russian film is really a mixed bag--being both very old fashioned AND very modern at the same time! The film is old is style because it uses a lot of over-the-top emotionality and melodrama and I'm sure many modern audiences would either not watch it at all or laugh at it--but that is true of most of these types of films from the 1910s. Plus, while it deals with very adult themes, the film is so obtuse in addressing the rape and murder that it's pretty easy to conceive of people in the audience having no idea what's happening! It's like they wanted to deal with important topics but they were such taboos to mention that they shouldn't have bothered. But, despite all this baggage, the film also tells a complete story that can hold your attention (something many older films from this era can't do today) and has good production values for the period. An interesting historical curio, but not exactly a memorable film.


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