In the kingdom of the Moguls, Prince Roudghito-Sing, a young officer of the palace, falls in love with Zemgali, a captive princess held prisoner and coveted by the Grand Khan. Fleeing the country, he takes refuge in Paris and his presentability allows him to be hired as an actor by a French film company. The trouble is that Anna, the star of the movie, is attracted to him. Which displeases banker Morel, the producer and Anna’s lover… —IMDb
Jean Epstein (March 25, 1897, Warsaw – April 2, 1953, Paris) was a film director and early film theoretician.
He started directing his own films in 1922 with Pasteur, followed by L’Auberge rouge and Coeur fidèle (both 1923). Famous film director Luis Buñuel worked as an assistant director to Epstein on Mauprat (1926) and La Chute de la maison Usher (1928). Epstein’s criticism appeared in the early modernist journal L’Esprit Nouveau.
During the making of Coeur fidèle Epstein now chose to film a simple story of love and violence “to win the confidence of those, still so numerous, who believe that only the lowest melodrama can interest the public”, and also in the hope of creating “a melodrama so stripped of all the conventions ordinarily attached to the genre, so sober, so simple, that it might approach the nobility and excellence of tragedy”. He wrote the scenario in a single night.
Epstein had been much impressed… read more
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