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This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 - 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army. Chapaev is an uneducated peasant and a ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Boris Babochkin ... Chapayev
Leonid Kmit ... Petka
Varvara Myasnikova ... Anka
Boris Blinov Boris Blinov ... Furmanov
Illarion Pevtsov Illarion Pevtsov ... Col. Borozdin
Stepan Shkurat ... Borozdin's Striker
Vyacheslav Volkov Vyacheslav Volkov ... Yelan
Nikolai Simonov ... Zhikharev
Boris Chirkov ... Peasant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emil Gal Emil Gal ... Tall Veterinary Surgeon
Mikhail Gipsi Mikhail Gipsi ... Red Soldier
Konstantin Nazarenko ... The Lanky Fellow
Mikhail Rostovtsev ... Short Veterinary Surgeon
Georgi Vasilyev Georgi Vasilyev ... White Officer
Elena Volyntseva Elena Volyntseva ... Peasant Woman
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This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 - 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army. Chapaev is an uneducated peasant and a decorated hero in the World War I and later in the Russian Civil War, that followed the Russian revolution. This man of action is fighting on the side of the poor people. His troops consist of peasants, just like him. Unable to write, he can brilliantly demonstrate various battle tactics by moving potatoes on the table. He is street smart. He never lost a battle against the experienced Generals of the Tzar's Army. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Country:

Soviet Union

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Russian

Release Date:

14 January 1935 (USA) See more »

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Chapayev See more »

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Lenfilm Studio See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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P.S. Chapaev and his assistants Petka and Anka are the popular characters of hundreds of Russian jokes. See more »

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Was it revolutionary?
2 May 2014 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

In the Soviet Union in 1934, this was a film about a popular war hero from a war that took place fewer than twenty years before. So I admit that, watching it in another country 2014 there may be quite a lot of context I'm missing. This is not a life of Chapev, whom everyone is presumed to know well, but a series of episodes from his career.

They are not all uninteresting or dull episodes, but the fact that it is so episodic rather than following a more complete story worked against it with me in this case.

It's inescapably hero-worship, and, commendably given that it is hero- worship, it does not try to portray its hero as immaculate. Chapaev is proud, short-tempered, and ignorant of politics and history. But this played against his advantages only serves to make him more of a hero.

It easy to see why this film became very popular -- it's good-humored, politically-correct for its political context, and appeals to existing conceptions of a popular hero. The battle scenes are staged on a big scale and are very impressive (though the ending seems quite abrupt). Taken out of its immediate context, though, it doesn't stand alone as well as a self-contained film for other audiences. But it remains a fascinating piece of history.


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