His Call

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His Call
Directed by Yakov Protazanov
Written by Vera Eri
Starring Varvara Popova
Cinematography Louis Forestier
Release date
17 February 1925
Running time
62 minutes (1700 meters)
Country Soviet Union
Language Silent film (Russian intertitles)

His Call (Russian: Его призыв, translit. Yego prizyv) is a 1925 Soviet drama film directed by Yakov Protazanov. It was also released as 23 January (Russian: 23 января) in the Soviet Union and as Broken Chains in the United States.


The main protagonists of the film are Katya (Varvara Popova), the daughter of a factory worker and Andrey (Ivan Koval-Samborsky), the son of the former owner of the factory who illegally returns to the USSR to find treasures hidden by his father. The film title refers to the Communist party's appeal, after Lenin's death, to enlarge its membership.



  • Leyda, Jay (1960), Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film, New York: Macmillan, OCLC 1683826 .
  • Aleinikov, Moisei, ed. (1957), Yakov Protazanov: O tvorcheskom puti rezhissera (in Russian), Moscow: Iskusstvo, OCLC 13571289 .

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