Otets Sergiy (1917)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Psychological Drama, Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 114 min.  |   Countries - Russia  |  
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One of the few pre-Revolution Russian feature films to survive, Father Sergius is an elaborate picturization of a Tolstoy novel. Ivan Mozzhukin plays a young, libertine officer who thinks nothing of committing casual sins while in the service of the Czar. He comes to regret his misdeeds as he grows older, his past debaucheries manifesting themselves in his wizened face and desiccated body. He wanders up and down the countryside, searching for redemption. Director Feodor Protazanov emphasized the high and low points of Mozhukin's life by filming in the actual palaces and private clubs described by Tolstoy in his novel. The overall theme of corruption in high places automatically resulted in Father Sergius being banned by the Czarist censors, though the film found a more receptive audience once the government passed into the hands of the revolutionaries.

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corruption, officer, redemption, regret, soldier, Czar

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High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance