Ivan Ilyich Mozzhukhin (Russian: Иван Ильич Мозжухин (26 September [O.S. 8 October] 1889—18 January 1939) was a Russian silent film actor.
Career in Russia
Mozzhukhin was born in Penza, Russia and studied law at Moscow State University. In 1910 he left academic life to join a troupe of traveling actors from Kiev, with which he toured for a year, gaining experience and a reputation for dynamic stage presence. Upon returning to Moscow, he launched his screen career with the 1911 adaptation of Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata. He also starred in A House in Kolomna (1913, after Pushkin), Pyotr Chardynin directed drama Do You Remember? opposite the popular Russian ballerina Vera Karalli (1914), Nikolay Stavrogin (1915, after Dostoyevsky’s The Devils a/k/a The Possessed), The Queen of Spades (1916, after Pushkin) and other adaptations of Russian classics.
The Kuleshov Effect
Mozzhukhin’s most lasting contribution to the theoretical concept of film as image is the… read more