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And Quiet Flows the Don (1930)

Tikhiy Don (original title)
The first screen adaptation of an epic Russian novel about a village of Cossacks on the Don River, covering the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the subsequent Civil War ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nikolay Podgorny ... Pantelej Prokofievich Melekhov (as N. Podgorny)
Andrei Abrikosov ... Grigori Pantelejevich Melekhov (as A. Abrikosov)
Emma Tsesarskaya ... Aksinya Astagova (as E. Tsesarskaya)
Raisa Puzhnaya ... Natalya Koshonova (as R. Puzhnaya)
Aleksandr Gromov Aleksandr Gromov ... Petr Melekhov (as A. Gromov)
Georgi Kovrov ... Stepan Astakhov (as G. Kovrov)
Yelena Maksimova ... Daria Melekhova (as Ye. Maksimova)
S. Churakovskaya S. Churakovskaya ... Aksinja
Vasili Kovrigin ... Prokofij Melekhov (as V. Kovrigin)
Ivan Bykov ... Garandza
Leonid Yurenev Leonid Yurenev ... Gendarm (as L. Yurenyov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serguei. Churakovsky ... Yevgeni Listnitsky
Sofya Levitina Sofya Levitina ... Natalya's mother
Antonin Pankryshev Antonin Pankryshev ... Imperial family member
F. Safonova F. Safonova ... Ilnichna
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The first screen adaptation of an epic Russian novel about a village of Cossacks on the Don River, covering the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the subsequent Civil War between Reds and Whites. The main character.an antihero,is the violent, impetuous, unreliable Melekhov. Written by Lawrence Chadbourne

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

18 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cossacks of the Don See more »

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Soyuzkino See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2006 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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27 January 2017 | by stevergy2000See all my reviews

An earnest presentation of Sholokhov's novel in a silent film adaptation. Poor Aksinya, married to a brute of a husband, Stepan, seeks refuge in the arms of her lover, Gregory. Troubles arise when Stepan is apprised of her infidelity, but even more disconcerting is Gregory's initial unwillingness to run away with her ('What, and lose my land?') Further complications ensue when Gregory is forced to marry Natalya who loves him despite her knowledge of his love for Aksinya. World War I intervenes, and Gregory is dispatched to the front where he gets a political education in the lack of justice in which landless peasants fight and die to protect the farms of the rich landowners. Scenes depicting Cossack troops putting down the revolutionaries in the 1905 uprising are included, as is a bittersweet finale in which tables are turned on the young lovers. If you don't mind piercingly dark glares and exaggerated eyebrow motions - all part and parcel of silent film emoting - this is, all-in-all, a good film.


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