Chapaev (film)

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Chapaev film poster.jpg
Official film poster
Directed by Georgi Vasilyev
Sergei Vasilyev
Written by Dmitri Furmanov (book)
Starring Boris Babochkin
Boris Blinov
Varvara Myasnikova
Leonid Kmit
Music by Gavriil Popov
Release date
  • 1934 (1934)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Chapaev (Russian: Чапаев, IPA: [tɕɪˈpaɪf]) is a 1934 Soviet war film, directed by the Vasilyev brothers for Lenfilm.[1]

The film is a fictionalized biography of Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev (1887–1919), a Red Army commander who became a hero of the Russian Civil War. It is based on the novel of the same name by Dmitri Furmanov, a Russian writer and Bolshevik commissar who fought together with Chapaev.[2]

Stamp commemorating the 30th anniversary of Chapaev

Chapaev premiered on 6 November, 1934, in the Leningrad cinema "Titan"; it quickly became one of the most popular films in the Soviet Union. Within the first year it was watched by 30 million people in the USSR alone.[citation needed]

It was awarded "Best Foreign Film" by the US National Board of Review in 1935 and the Grand-Prix of the Paris World Fair in 1937.[citation needed]

In a 1978 poll of cinema critics, the film was considered one of the best 100 films in history.[citation needed]

After the release of the film, Chapaev and his assistants Petka and Anka became Russian folklore characters.[3] These three, together with their political commissar Furmanov, are present in a large number of Russian jokes.[4][5]


  • Boris Babochkin - Chapaev
  • Boris Blinov - Furmanov
  • Varvara Myasnikova - Anka
  • Leonid Kmit - Petka
  • Illarion Pevtsov - Colonel Borozdin
  • Stepan Shkurat - Potapov (Petrovich), Borozdin's batman
  • Vyacheslav Volkov - Elan Brigade Commander
  • Nikolay Simonov - platoon commander Zhiharev
  • Elena Volintseva - farmer
  • Boris Chirkov - farmer
  • Sergei Vasilyev - Lieutenant
  • Georgiy Zhzhonov - Teryosha's orderly
  • Mikhail Rostovtsev - Veterinarian
  • Andrei Apsolon - Red Army soldier
  • Stepan Krylov - Red Army soldier
  • Georgi Vasilyev - officer with a cigarette
  • Victor Yablonsky - Cossack Plastun (uncredited)
  • Emil Gal - vetfeldsher (uncredited)
  • Konstantin Nazarenko - trouble-making partisan (uncredited)
  • Pavel Leshkov - Borozdin's interlocutor (uncredited)

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