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Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913)

Sumerki zhenskoy dushi (original title)
A young, rich woman decides to dedicate her life to helping the poor, but a tragic incident changes her life.

Director:

Yevgeny Bauer

Writer:

V. Demert
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Cast overview:
Nina Chernova Nina Chernova ... Vera Dubovskaja
A. Ugrjumov A. Ugrjumov ... Prince Dolskij
V. Demert V. Demert ... Maksim Petrov
V. Brianski V. Brianski ... (as Vitali Brianski)
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Despite living in luxury, Vera is lonely and discontented. When she accompanies her mother, the Countess, on a charity visit to the poor, she is troubled by what she sees, and she resolves to do whatever she can to help them. But one man takes advantage of her innocence, and he lures her into a trap so that he can assault her. The dreadful results of this attack will affect Vera's life long afterward. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

26 November 1913 (Russia) See more »

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The first reel contains the first known traveling shot using a camera dolly, by cameraman Nikolai Kozlovsky. The first known camera dolly had been created by Spanish cameraman Segundo de Chomón, working for Pathe in Paris in 1912 and patented in Italy the same year, but it is unlikely that director Yevgeny Bauer or Kozlovski were aware of it. See more »

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FRESHMAN EFFORT BY BAUER EXACTLY THAT
24 February 2004 | by Auburn668See all my reviews

Very few directors strike gold with their first effort. The subtle nuances, finding what the camera is capable of, dealing with actors, scripts, and so forth, can make for a hell of a time finding yourself. Yevgeni Bauer is no different. And if you watch his works backwards, as I did, you find out that the man is human after all. On a career built on working with lighting, shadows, tracking, and the morbid netherworld, Bauer's first effort, "Sumerki Zhenskoi Dushi," does see him hint at these elements but he is a bit away from anything close to the genius of his later works.

Believe it or not, this is a simple love story about a prince, a high society girl, and the secret that threatens to end their marriage. At times it seems nearly Shakespearean. The two leads, Vera Chernova and A. Ugrjumov, certainly don't damage the picture in any way and V. Demert as the villainous Maksim plays his bit quite well. But the story line is surprisingly bland, drawing little emotion from we the viewer and exceptionally unclimactic.

It does draw slight interest just to see what Bauer does with the camera angles and the way he plays with the lighting but all in all it is just a bump in the road to the director's full grasp of what he will go on to be capable of.

The nutshell: only recommended for hardcore Bauer fans to see how the man began his career. Students of cinema should proceed immediately to "Posle Smerti" to wow over. I'm only giving it the rating I have because it has Bauer's name...6/10.


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