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The Cossacks (1928)

A peace-loving Cossack chooses to prove himself in battle when his village and childhood sweetheart label him a coward.

Directors:

George W. Hill, Clarence Brown (uncredited)

Writers:

John Colton (titles), Frances Marion (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Gilbert ... Lukashka
Renée Adorée ... Maryana
Ernest Torrence ... Ivan
Nils Asther ... Prince Olenin Stieshneff
Paul Hurst ... Sitchi
Dale Fuller ... Ulitka - Maryana's Mother
Mary Alden ... Lukashka's Mother
Josephine Borio Josephine Borio ... Stepka
Yorke Sherwood Yorke Sherwood ... Uncle Eroshka
Joseph Marievsky Joseph Marievsky ... Turkish Spy (as Joseph Mari)
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Storyline

Lukashka is the son of a fierce Cossack chief, but he would rather relax in the woods or flirt with his sweetheart Maryana than go to battle with the neighboring Turks. However, his life changes when he is publicly humiliated by his fellow villagers and rejected by Maryana, who regard him as a coward. Overnight, Lukashka proves himself a capable warrior to prove them all wrong, impressing his father and Maryana; however, when she tries to apologize for her cruel treatment of him, he ignores her, even though he is still in love with her. Matters get complicated when the Tsar's son comes to village in search of a bride and sets his eyes on Maryana. And then there's still the Turks to contend with... Written by cupcakes

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Stirring romance, hard riding, desperate fighting with the Cossacks playing their game of war and chivalry. A mighty picturization of Count Leo Tolstoi's famous novel of the same name. See more »

Genres:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kosaken See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally to have been directed by Viktor Tourjansky, but it took such a long time getting the script together that he moved on to another project. George W. Hill then took over, but the studio was dissatisfied with the way it turned out. Clarence Brown was brought in and wound up reshooting almost all of it. See more »

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Lukashka: Vodka - and women! - Gypsy music - Gypsy women!
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Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies broadcast this film in a new High-Def edition on June 1, 2014 with new orchestra score by Robert Israel. See more »

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Version of Kazakebi (1928) See more »

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A lost bit of history
6 January 2013 | by carolinecollins-2See all my reviews

Cossack culture is being rebuilt as we speak.

I don't understand these words by a prior reviewer here:

"(The plot) will no doubt ruffle the feathers of a few feminists, as the Cossack men and women are amazingly primitive!! The women stay home and work like dogs while the men do what any macho man would do (...).

Why does it seem that women who think women are humans (aka 'feminists,' apparently) should have feathers, and that those would 'ruffle' because another woman likes to stay home and work like a dog to make a nice place for herself and her kids to live? Seems very feminist to me.

Furthermore, Cossack chivalry is a way of life for Cossack societies. They invented the idea of asking a young lady for her hand, which young ladies found more pleasant than being stolen by some primitive tribe. So, Even to say the notion that women can love to have a home, and some babies, and a man who can ride a horse and brings money and food...and roses...to say that is primitive is an indication that the reviewer's values are quite different from those I hold :)

Anyway, glad this flick has some more fans!


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