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Directed by Yuri Tarich
Vladimir Korsh-Sablin
Written by Natan Zarhi
Abdraxman Şakirov
Starring Vasiliy Yaroslavtsev
Ada Vojtsik
Ivan Klyukvin
Galina Kravchenko
Cinematography Grigori Giber, N. Sokolov, Vladimir Solodnikov (II)
Distributed by Sovkino
Release date
Country Soviet Union
Language - = Silent film
Russian intertitles
Tatar intertitles

Bulat-Batır or Bulat-batyr (Russian: Була́т-Баты́р, Tatar: بولات باتر) is a 1928 silent historical drama film, believed to be the first Tatar film and probably the only Tatar full-length feature silent film. The film was shot mostly in Kazan, and the Kazan Kremlin was one of its stills. The film is devoted to the Pugachev rebellion and its alternative names include Pugachyovshchina (Russian: Пугачёвщина), Flames on Volga and Revolt in Kazan.[1]

The story was written by Abdraxman Şakirov, a young Communist from Agryz and the script was written by Natan Zarhi, a Soviet scenario writer.


In the 18th century, a small Tatar village celebrates the Sabantuy festival. Orthodox monks accompanied by soldiers appear to forcibly baptize the population of the village. Locals resist and soldiers commit a punitive action. The wife of peasant Bulat is killed by soldiers, his son Asfan is carried off. Bulat stays alone with another son, Asma. 15 years after Bulat and Asma joined the Pugachev rebellion and Bulat became famous as a defender of paupers. But his son Asfan, who was reared among nobles, received a commission and led a punitive force directed to suppress a rebellion in his motherland.


  • Vasiliy Yaroslavtsev as Bulat-Batır
  • Ada Vojtsik as Asma
  • Ivan Klyukvin as Asfan
  • Galina Kravchenko as Elena von Brandt
  • Naum Rogozhin as von Kanits
  • Ivan Arkanov as Suleiman Murza
  • Nikolai Vitovtov as Derzhavin
  • Alexandr Zhukov as Timur
  • Boris Yurtsev as Murat
  • Eduard Kulganek as general Potyomkin
  • Mstislav Kotelnikov as Beloborodov, emissary of Pugachov
  • Tatyana Barysheva as genius of victory
  • Kayum Pozdnyakov
  • Lev Ivanov as Kayum

Critical reception[edit]

It is known that after the premiere in Germany one White émigré Antonov-Ivanov attempted to burn a copy of the film in the "Concordia" cinema as a sign of protest against "Bolshevik Propaganda".[2]

The film received a positive review from The New York Times praising it for the authentic atmosphere.[3] Bryher praised the scenery and the cinematography.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bryher (1922). Film Problems Of Soviet Russia. Riant Chateau TERRITET Switzerland. pp. 109–111. 
  2. ^ "Beginning of December. Berlin.". No. № 50. Kino. 11 December 1928. 
  3. ^ "TARTARS' REVOLT SHOWN.; "Flames on Volga" a Vivid Picture of Catherine the Great's Days". The New York Times. 

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