Stamp commemorating the 30th anniversary of Chapaev
|Directed by||Georgi Vasilyev
|Written by||Dmitri Furmanov (book)|
|Music by||Gavriil Popov|
It is based on a fictionalized biography of Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev (1887–1919), a Red Army commander who became a hero of the Russian Civil War. The plot is based on the novel of the same name by Dmitri Furmanov, a Russian writer and Bolshevik commissar who fought together with Chapaev.
On release (premiered on 6 November 1934 in Leningrad cinema theatre "Titan"), the film became one of the most popular creations in the history of Soviet cinema. Within the first year it was watched by 30 million people in the USSR alone.
In a 1978 poll of cinema critics, the film was considered one of the best 100 films in history.
After the release of the film, Chapaev and his assistants Petka and Anka became Russian folklore characters. This trio, together with their political commissar Furmanov, is present in a large number of Russian jokes.
Notes and references
- Beumers, Birgit (2015). Directory of World Cinema: RUSSIA 2. Intellect Ltd. pp. 38–40. ISBN 978-1-7832-0010-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Rollberg, Peter (2008). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-8108-6268-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Children of Chapaev: the Russian Civil War cult and the creation of Soviet identity, 1918-1941. Justus Grant Hartzok. Dissertation PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). University of Iowa. 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Chapaev on IMDb
- Chapaev is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- Chapaev at Rotten Tomatoes
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