The Queen of Spades (1916 film)

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The Queen of Spades
The Queen of Spades (1916 film).jpg
Directed by Yakov Protazanov
Produced by Joseph N. Ermolieff
Written by Aleksandr Pushkin
Yakov Protazanov
Fedor Ozep
Starring Ivan Mozzhukhin
Music by Rafal Rozmus
Cinematography Yevgeni Slavinsky
Release dates
  • 1 April 1916 (1916-04-01) (Russian Empire)
  • 18 November 1917 (1917-11-18) (U.S.)
Running time
84 minutes
Country Russian Empire
Language Silent film
Russian intertitles

The Queen of Spades (Russian: Пиковая дама, translit. Pikovaya dama) is a 1916 film adaptation of the Aleksandr Pushkin short story of the same name, noted for high producer and operator culture, with the psychological depth of actor's game, first of all of Ivan Mozzhukhin. It was one of the best pre-revolutionary films.

Film was the second production (first was the silent film adaptation of the Pyotr Tchaikovsky opera) of mystical novel of Aleksandr Pushkin, named by critics as "monumental". Director used the receptions, unexpected for those times, like retrospection, visions of heroes (as if the prototypes of the stream of consciousness), the combination shot.


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