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|Directed by||Georgi Vasilyev
|Written by||Dmitri Furmanov (book)|
|Music by||Gavriil Popov|
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.
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.
In a 1978 poll of cinema critics, the film was considered one of the best 100 films in history.
After the release of the film, Chapaev and his assistants Petka and Anka became Russian folklore characters. These three, together with their political commissar Furmanov, are present in a large number of Russian jokes.
- 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)
Notes and references
- Beumers, Birgit (2015). Directory of World Cinema: RUSSIA 2. Intellect Ltd. pp. 38–40. ISBN 978-1-7832-0010-8.
- Rollberg, Peter (2008). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-8108-6268-5.
- Roger Manvell, ed. (1949). Experiment in the Film. The Grey Walls Press Ltd. p. 167.
- "Анекдоты про Чапаева сочинял специальный отдел КГБ". Komsomolskaya Pravda.
- "Настоящий Чапаев. Легендарный комдив генералом не стал, но им стал его сын". Argumenty i Fakty.
- Children of Chapaev: the Russian Civil War cult and the creation of Soviet identity, 1918-1941. Justus Grant Hartzok. Dissertation PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). University of Iowa. 2009.
- Chapaev at the Internet Movie Database
- Chapaev is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- Chapaev at Rotten Tomatoes
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