Pyotr (Peter, Petr) Chardynin was a prolific silent film director who made over 100 silent films in Russia, France, Germany, and Soviet Union.
He was born Pyotr Ivanovich Krasavtsev, on 28 January 1972, in Simbirsk, Russian Empire (now Ulyanovsk, Russia). His father was a small business owner, his mother was a homemaker. Young Chardynin was fond of theatre, and had a dream of becoming an actor, albeit his parents objected, so he left them and dropped out of Simbirsk Gymnasium at age 16. He moved to Moscow and worked lowly jobs to achieve his dream. In 1890 he was admitted to the class of Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko at the Drama School of Moscow Philharmonic Society. There his classmates were such actors as A. Kosheverov, and Maria Tarasova among others. He also attended classes of Konstantin Stanislavski, Aleksandr Yushin, and Alexander Nevsky, graduating in 1893 as an actor.
During the 1890s he was an actor and director in several cities of Central Russia, such as Belgorod… read more
A Woman of Tomorrow (1915) . "Женщина завтрашнего дня" (Zhenshchina zavtrashevo dnya). The film is about a woman medical doctor (Vera Yureneva) who finds out that her husband (Mosjoukine) is cheating on her. Faced with this domestic crisis, the character played by Vera must decide what is more important, her home life or her career. In this proto-feminist story, (with more than a nod to Ibsen's The Doll House) the doctor ditches her husband and strikes out on her own.