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The Dying Swan (1917)

Umirayushchiy lebed (original title)
A grief-stricken ballerina becomes the obsession of an increasingly unhinged artist.

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Yevgeny Bauer
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Cast overview:
Vera Karalli ... Gizella - mute dancer
Aleksandr Kheruvimov Aleksandr Kheruvimov ... Gizella's Father
Vitold Polonsky ... Viktor Krasovsky
Andrey Gromov Andrey Gromov ... Valeriy Glinskiy - the artist (as Andrej Gromov)
Ivane Perestiani Ivane Perestiani ... Glinskiy's friend
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When Viktor meets Gizella one day beside the lake, he takes an interest in her and begins to call on her regularly. The one passion in the life of Gizella, who is unable to speak, is dancing. When Viktor deceives her and she finds him with another woman, she moves away and begins a career as a ballerina. Later, as she is on tour performing "The Dying Swan", the artist Glinskiy attends her performance. Glinskiy, whose own obsession is to depict death in his art, becomes fascinated by Gizella, and he is determined to use her as a model for a special project. Written by Snow Leopard

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17 January 1917 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Den döende svanen See more »

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Pre-"Potemkin" View from the Time of the Russian Revolution
12 June 2019 | by Screen_O_GenicSee all my reviews

A mute ballet dancer is jilted in love and finds herself crossing paths with a deranged artistic noble and inevitable tragedy results. Good directing and good acting make this slow-going film worth the watch. The mousy and odd-looking but charming Vera Karalli acted well considering she started out as a ballerina. The film features a segment of her dancing and what an inspired moment in film and a marvel of fate it survived for posterity. If only the same can be said for Nijinsky. This melodramatic decadent curio from the dying age of the Tsars is a dated but charming remnant from the distant past.


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