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155 Ratings

The Ghost That Never Returns

Privideniye, Kotoroye Ne Vozvrashchayetsya

Directed by Abram Room
Soviet Union, 1930


This existential drama disguised as a saga about the proletarian struggle presents a lonely and insecure individual who is challenged to act more heroically than he is prepared to, but who constantly questions his confidence and loyalties.

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The Ghost That Never Returns Directed by Abram Room

Critics reviews

Room’s movie bounces between rugged location shooting and distinctive futurist lighting design; his agitprop visual ideas can sometimes reach surrealist oddness, as with the prison warden, who’s a crippled, apelike dwarf in a giant chair straight out of Dr. Seuss.
September 28, 2016
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ln 1976, one’s verdict is likely to be much less severe, and with reason; but it must be acknowledged that the film was made during a period when silent film language was achieving its richest palette of possibilities, and even minor works could draw upon a common fund of expressive options. Benefiting as well as suffering from this opportunity, Room’s film runs through a virtual panoply of styles as if to anthologize the work of his masters.
January 01, 1976
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