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QUEEN OF SPADES (Pikovaya Dama) Ivan Mozzhukhin 1916 RUSSIAN Silent Film DVD * FREE USA SHIPPING!
 

QUEEN OF SPADES (Pikovaya Dama) Ivan Mozzhukhin 1916 RUSSIAN Silent Film DVD * FREE USA SHIPPING!

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This RARE and wonderful silent B&W movie dvd release is titled... THE QUEEN OF SPADES

aka "Pikovaya Dama"

Digitally mastered directly from film elements!

While hosting a faro game of cards one night, Narumov tells his friends a story about his grandmother, the Countess. As a young woman, she had once incurred an enormous gambling debt, which she was able to erase by learning a secret that guaranteed that she could win by playing her cards in a certain order. One of Narumov's friends, Russian army officer Hermann (Ivan Mozzhukhin), has never gambled, but he is intrigued by the story about the Countess and her secret. He soon becomes obsessed with learning this secret from her, and he starts by courting her young ward Lizaveta, hoping to use her to gain access to the Countess Fedotovna.

Directed by Yakov Protazanov

This 1916 Russian silent drama based on the famous short story by Alexander Pushkin runs 62 minutes long
and has new English translated titles, color tinting/toning, and a music soundtrack!

CAST:
Ivan Mozzhukhin - Hermann
Vera Orlova - Liza
Yelizaveta Shebueva - Old Countess
Tamara Duvan - Countess as a young person
Pavel Pavlov - Her Husband
Nikolai Panov - Count St. Germain

An excellent leading performance by Ivan Mosjoukine / Ivan Mosjukin and a very impressive production for 1916. The story is told deliberately and with considerable detail, allowing the psychological impact to sink in fully, as well as following the developments and turns of the plot itself.

All of the cast is solid, giving carefully restrained performances that work well, but Mozzhukhin stands out as Hermann. He uses his eyes, face, and careful gestures to communicate more than the most extravagant gestures could have done. Even his occasional stylized or exaggerated moments still seem to fit in with the increasing deterioration of his character's mind.

The photography (including a dramatic dolly shot), flashbacks, and special visual effects are quite good for its era, and the special effects are incorporated well into the story. There is one very imaginative sequence that uses a flashback and a jump cut, in the scene when German comes to confront the Countess in her room. The techniques help to flesh out the character of the old Countess and to add extra tension to this crucial scene.

This high quality DVD is "All Region" so it will play Anywhere in the USA and the World!

The dvd comes in a standard dvd plastic snap case with the colorful artwork as shown.

This is an ENGLISH language motion picture with NO SUBTITLES.

All digital masters are actual archival 16mm or 35mm film elements.

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