Nathalie Lissenko

  • Yakov Protazanov – Nishchaya AKA The Beggar Woman (1916)

    Yakov Protazanov1911-1920DramaSilentUSSR
    Nishchaya (1916)
    Nishchaya (1916)

    “This Russian-made picture (distributed in the U.S. by Pathe) is typically gloomy. Prima donna Mary Mar (N.A. Lesienko) is surrounded by admirers. But a poet, Sergius (Ivan Mozukin) wants to be more to her and he proposes. So they marry, and she becomes involved in charity activities. On one of her rounds, she contracts smallpox and is quarantined. Even Sergius cannot enter the house. During her illness another opera star becomes the favorite in her stead. Mary’s face becomes horribly disfigured as a result of the smallpox and she has to auction off her belongings to pay her creditors. Finally Sergius returns. Mary is wearing a veil, and when he lifts it, he is disgusted by the sight of her. So she leaves him and becomes a beggar in the streets, while he goes to his studio and kills himself by drug overdose”
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  • Jean Epstein – Le lion des Mogols AKA The Lion of the Moguls (1924)

    Jean Epstein1921-1930DramaFranceSilent
    Le lion des Mogols (1924)
    Le lion des Mogols (1924)

    In the kingdom of the Moguls, Prince Roudghito-Sing, a young officer of the palace, falls in love with Zemgali, a captive princess held prisoner and coveted by the Grand Khan. Fleeing the country, he takes refuge in Paris and his presentability allows him to be hired as an actor by a French film company. The trouble is that Anna, the star of the movie, is attracted to him. Which displeases banker Morel, the producer and Anna’s lover…Read More »

  • Jean Epstein – Le double amour AKA Double Love (1925)

    Jean Epstein1921-1930DramaFranceSilent
    Le double amour (1925)
    Le double amour (1925)

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    Countess Laure Maresco falls in love with a player, Jacques Prémont-Solène. He loses a large sum and dreams of suicide. Laure prevents her, before learning that her lover has squandered the recipe for a charity party that she attended. His family sends the young man to America to put an end to the scandal. Twenty years later, after a fortune, he returns.Read More »

  • Jean Epstein – Le lion des Mogols (1924)

    1921-1930AdventureFranceJean EpsteinSilent

    The first film Epstein made for Albatros stars Ivan Mosjoukine as a Mogul prince in exile. After getting caught up in such vices of the Occident as drinking, movies and women, the prince eventually returns to his Khanate and to his waiting bride.Read More »

  • Alexandre Volkoff – Kean (141-minute version) (1924)

    Drama1921-1930Alexandre VolkoffFranceSilent

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    This is a biopic of the 19th Century actor, Edmund Kean.

    You may remember him for his famous last words: “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.”

    Made some 90 years after his death, the film tells of the greatest actor of his time, a man toasted as the greatest actor of all time.

    Great though he may have been on the stage, his personal life was a wreck.

    He was hounded by creditors, had a problem with alcohol, and to make matters worse, had fallen in love with the wife of an ambassador.Read More »

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