Mechanics of the Brain

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Mechanics of the Brain
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin
Cinematography Anatoli Golovnya
Release dates
20 November 1926
Running time
90 minutes (1,850 metres)
Country Soviet Union

Mechanics of the Brain (Russian: Механика головного мозга, Myekhanika golovnogo mozga) is a 1926 Soviet documentary film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin, a popularization of Ivan Pavlov's studies in classical conditioning. The film is the first independent work of Pudovkin as a director and also marks the start of his collaboration with cinematographer Anatoli Golovnya.

Pudovkin joined Mezhrabpom-Rus film studio in 1925 and, as his first job, was assigned to make a popular science film about Ivan Pavlov's work. The filming started in May 1925 and proceeded for more than a year. The many delays were caused by constant shuttling between the Pavlov's laboratory in Leningrad and the film studio in Moscow as well as difficulties with filming conditioned animals who were easily distracted by the lights and sounds of filming process.

Twenty years later, Pudovkin told an interviewer:


  1. Leyda 1960, p. 206.


  • Leyda, Jay (1960), Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film, New York: Macmillan, OCLC 1683826<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.

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