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The Return of the Return of the Director's Checklists - #500 - VSEVOLOD PUDOVKIN


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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted August 10 2006 - 08:25 AM

One of the most prominent of Russian silent directors, he was known for his humanist style, similar to what would later be called Neo-Realism, while still using the formal concepts of montage to terrific effect. Spent 3 years in a German POW camp during WWI.

Vozvrashcheniye Vasiliya Bortnikova (1952)
... aka The Return of Vasili Bortnikov
... aka Vasili's Return
Zhukovsky (1950)
Tri vstrechi (1948)
... aka Three Encounters
Admiral Nakhimov (1946)
... aka Admiral Nakhimov
Vo imya rodiny (1943)
... aka In the Name of the Fatherland
Ubiytsy vykhodyat na dorogu (1942)
... aka The Murderers Are Coming
Boyevoy kinosbornik 6 (1941) (segment "Pir v Zhirmunke/Feast at Zhirmunka")
... aka Collection of Films for the Armed Forces #6
Suvorov (1941)
... aka General Suvorov (USA)
Kino za XX let (1940)
Minin i Pozharskiy (1939)
... aka Minin and Pozharsky
Pobeda (1938)
... aka Mother and Sons (USA)
... aka Victory
Dezertir (1933)
... aka Deserter (USA)
Prostoy sluchay (1932)
... aka A Simple Case
... aka Life Is Beautiful (USA)
Potomok Chingis-Khana (1928)
... aka Storm Over Asia
... aka The Heir to Genghis Khan
Konets Sankt-Peterburga (1927)
... aka The End of St. Petersburg
Mekhanikha golovnogo mozga (1926)
... aka Mechanics of the Brain
Mat (1926)
... aka Mother
Shakhmatnaya goryachka (1925)
... aka Chess Fever
Golod... golod... golod (1921)
... aka Hunger... Hunger... Hunger

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted August 10 2006 - 08:45 AM

I haven't seen any of his sound films. Would like to know how his style changed over the years.

1. Mother - B+ (Wrenching work about a 1905 worker's revolt which initially fractures the family until the mother realizes the son's cause is the correct one)
2. Chess Fever - B+ (A comedic rarity from a time period usually thought of as ponderously political. Amusing short film poking fun at the Russian obsession with chess in which a man misses his wedding because of a chess game and he has to try to win the girl back.)
3. The End of St. Petersburg - B+ (Like Eisenstein's October, this was commissioned to celebrate the 10 year annivesary of the Russian Revolution. Takes a more personal approach in which a simple villager goes to the city to find work and unwittingly aids in the arrest of a labor leader. The film illustrates the sparse conditions of the proletariat that encouraged the success of the Revolution.)
4. Storm Over Asia - B (Pudovkin's last silent film is unique for its time in featuring a Mongolian protagonist and telling a story about Mongolians rather than Russians. In 1918, with the British controlling the area, he is cheated in a fir trade and then later arrested. He is about to be executed when the British discover he is a distant relative of Genghis Khan and decide to set him up as a puppet ruler. Breathtaking editing sequences, though a bit uneven in pacing and the Brits are portrayed in a strictly cartoony manner.)

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2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted August 10 2006 - 10:21 AM

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The Return of Vasili Bortnikov (1952)
Zhukovsky (1950)
Three Encounters (1948)
Admiral Nakhimov (1946)
In the Name of the Fatherland (1943)
The Murderers Are Coming (1942)
Boyevoy kinosbornik 6 (1941) (segment "Pir v Zhirmunke/Feast at Zhirmunka")
Suvorov (1941)
Kino za XX let (1940)
Minin i Pozharskiy (1939)
Mother and Sons (1938)
Deserter (1933)
Life Is Beautiful (1932)
Storm Over Asia (1928)
The End of St. Petersburg (1927)
Mechanics of the Brain (1926)
Mother (1926)
Chess Fever (1925)
Hunger... Hunger... Hunger (1921)

I have heard of him, but as of this moment, I've seen nothing!

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#4 of 8 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted August 10 2006 - 02:32 PM

Storm Over Asia *** out of ****
The End of St. Petersburg *** out of ****
Chess Fever ***1/2 out of ****

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted August 10 2006 - 11:42 PM

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VSEVOLOD PUDOVKIN (1893 - 1953)


The Return of Vasili Bortnikov (1952)
Zhukovsky (1950)
Three Encounters (1948)
Admiral Nakhimov (1946)
In the Name of the Fatherland (1943)
The Murderers Are Coming (1942)
Boyevoy kinosbornik 6 (1941) (segment "Pir v Zhirmunke/Feast at Zhirmunka")
Suvorov (1941)
Kino za XX let (1940)
Minin i Pozharskiy (1939)
Mother and Sons (1938)
Deserter (1933)
Life Is Beautiful (1932)
Storm Over Asia (1928) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The End of St. Petersburg (1927) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Mechanics of the Brain (1926)
Mother (1926) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Chess Fever (1925) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Hunger... Hunger... Hunger (1921)



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#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted August 04 2007 - 08:59 PM

Storm Over Asia (1928) - 8/10

The End of St. Petersburg (1927) - 8/10
Mother (1926) - 9/10

Chess Fever (1925) - 7/10



#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted September 05 2009 - 01:01 AM

Update:

Storm Over Asia (1928)


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#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted January 09 2010 - 02:20 AM

Update:

Mother (1926)


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