Zhivoy Trup (1968)

Run Time - 135 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The Living Corpse and Redemption were both English-language titles for the Russo-German production Der lebende Leichnam. Based on the play by Leo Tolstoy, the film stars director V. I. Pudovkin in the role immortalized on the Broadway stage by John Barrymore and later played in the Hollywood version of Redemption by John Gilbert. Mistaken for dead, Pudovkin returns to discover that his wife has married his best friend. Unwilling to mar their happiness, the protagonist commits suicide, but not before standing trial for his own murder. Curiously, the review for Variety hailed director Feodor Ozep as a 22-year-old "boy wonder," even though Ozep was well into his thirties at the time.



bigamy, gypsy, marriage, suicide, suicide-attempt