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Michel Strogoff (1926)

In 1860s Russia, a young officer is sent on a mission to save his country from invaders.

Director:

Viktor Tourjansky

Writers:

Jules Verne (novel), Boris de Fast
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ivan Mozzhukhin ... Michael Strogoff
Nathalie Kovanko Nathalie Kovanko ... Nadia Fedor
Acho Chakatouny Acho Chakatouny ... Ivan Ogareff
Jeanne Brindeau Jeanne Brindeau ... Maria Strogoff
Tina Meller ... Zaugara (as Tina de Yzarduy)
M. Debas M. Debas ... Enur Feifar
Vladimir Gajdarov ... Tzar Alexandre of Russia / Jules Verne (as Eugène Gaidaroff)
Micolas Kougoucheff Micolas Kougoucheff ... General Kissoff (as N. Nougoucheff)
Henri Debain Henri Debain ... Harry Blount
Boris de Fast Boris de Fast ... Féofar-Khan
Gabriel de Gravone ... Alcide Jolivet
Vladimir Kvanin Vladimir Kvanin ... Wassili Feodoroff, Nadia's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolas Koline Nicolas Koline
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Storyline

Things look bleak for Russia when the invading Tartars cut off all telecommunications between the border cities and the capital. The czar sends the young captain Michael Strogoff to deliver a vital message to the last line of defense. Along the way he finds love with the practical Nadia, a woman trying to visit her exiled father in Siberia, and danger from the traitorous Ivan Ogereff, who wants to stop him at all costs. Written by cupcakes

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CAST OF 6,000! MAGNIFICENT SPECTACLES IN FULL COLOR (Print ad- The Evening Sun,((Vancouver, B.C.)) 30 April 1927)

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Adventure

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

December 1926 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Kurier des Zaren See more »

Filming Locations:

Lettonia, Latvia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

4,000 soldiers, including cavalrymen, were loaned by the Latvian army to portray the Russian and Tartar armies, and the battles were filmed outside Riga on large plains, which simulated the Siberian steppes. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of Michele Strogoff - Il corriere dello zar (1999) See more »

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Beautiful and sweeping
11 November 2004 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

This is a gorgeous and visually exciting film, which has held up exceptionally well in the 80 years since it was made. The story is quite fast-paced, considering its length and the absence of dialogue except for the titles. Since silent movies have to depend on much more physical acting to get across the story, moods and personalities of the characters, they can often lapse into sluggish spells, with actors piling up the emoting to get the message over. Not this film. The acting for the most part is very natural, and Mosjoukine is so sensitive and accomplished that he can convey every type of emotion as easily and efficiently as a modern actor, with all the advantages of sound. I really can't say enough about his performance; he does everything - humor, shyness, pride, rage, shame, love - you name it.

There's one scene where he's overjoyed that his horse has managed to find him in the midst of a warzone, only for it to be shot dead a moment later by attacking Tartars. The way he goes in a few second from a sort of quiet joy to heartbroken grief over this poor horse is just breathtaking. He was obviously a professional of the highest quality, and it's a pity he's nearly forgotten today. At least this film is beautifully restored, and may introduce people to an actor who deserves to be counted among the great performers of silent film.


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