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Cossacks of the Kuban (1949)by Ivan Pyryev

Cossacks of the Kuban (1949)
by Ivan Pyryev

Accompanied by Isaac Dunaevsky’s brilliant music score, this artefact of glorification of the Soviet way of life was still heavily edited due to Stalinist censorship.

A Romeo and Juliet style love rivalry animates the heart of this extraordinary musical from Ian Pyryev, (a director whose other credits include two Dostoevsky adaptations, The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot and who is often referred to as the High Priest of Stalinist cinema). Heavy on propaganda-styled dialogue to glorify the abundance of the Soviet way of life and a starring role for Pyryev’s wife, Marina Ladynina, the film nevertheless boasts breath taking musical numbers from Isaac Dunayevsky, who also penned music for Alexandrov’s great musicals, Circus and Jolly Fellows.  

 

Ivan Pyryev

Ivan Pyryev

Director

Ivan Aleksandrovich Pyryev was a Soviet-Russian film director and screenwriter remembered as the high priest of Stalinist cinema. He was awarded six Stalin Prizes, served as Director of the Mosfilm studios and was, for a time, the most influential man in the Soviet motion picture industry.

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