A dramatization of a wedding in 16th-century Russia, between members of two prominent boyar families (based on paintings by Konstantin Makovskii): Three matchmakers first visit the family ... See full summary »
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A group of gypsies has camped near Moscow. While the others are sleeping, a young gypsy woman slips away from camp with a man who loves her. But problems soon arise, when the two of them realize that they have different ideas about their relationship.Written by
Good early silent one reeler that seems almost documentary like in execution (if somewhat crude) caters to the Russian predilection for tragedy. The simple plot moves quickly and is straight forward so we are able to follow it without any inter-titles.
According to the opening credits actual gypsies were used instead of professional actors but the acting styles are identical with that used in films made in other countries at the time, with the emphasis on broad theatrical gestures.
Unlike most American silents it is shot outdoors and while a bit melodramatic is still more interesting to watch and has more dramatic import than most films from this era.
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