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33 Ratings



Soviet Union, 1934


This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 – 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army. Chapaev is an uneducated peasant and a decorated hero in the World War I and later in the Russian Civil War, that followed the Russian revolution.

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Chapayev Directed by Georgi Vasilyev, Sergei Vasilyev

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  • José Neves's rating of the film Chapayev

    35mm. It is supposed to be one of the Soviet socialist realism marks, and if there is no doubt about its ideological property, the formal features may be called anything but realistic. Following a direct narrative, without the constructivist formalism, however, adapts the speed and dexterity of its editing to a superior and apured form of framing and narration. The battle scenes, for instance, are indispensable.