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Don Diego and Pelageya

Don Diego i Pelageya

Directed by Yakov Protazanov
Soviet Union, 1928


A bullying provincial railroad official arrests an illiterate peasant granny for a minor infraction, and the other villagers have to go through the mill of Soviet bureaucracy to get her out of jail.

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Don Diego and Pelageya Directed by Yakov Protazanov

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Don Diego and Pelageya

    Seems to exist to warn (whom?) of the dangers of excess bureaucracy, as an illiterate old peasant babushka is arrested by the preening little stationmaster twerp for walking on the tracks, thrown into prison, and has to be bailed out. Amusing at times, especially in its caricatures of clueless peasants and bored bureaucrats (the Komsomol kids are predictably healthy, pretty and bland), without ever being quite funny.

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