Locksmith and Chancellor

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Locksmith and Chancellor
Locksmith and Chancellor.jpg
Directed by Vladimir Gardin
Written by Vladimir Gardin
Anatoli Lunacharsky (play)
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Cinematography Yevgeni Slavinsky
Release date
Country Soviet Union
Language Silent
Russian intertitles

Locksmith and Chancellor (Russian: Слесарь и Канцлер, translit. Slesar i kantsler) is a 1923 Soviet silent film directed by Vladimir Gardin based on the play of Anatoli Lunacharsky.[1][2]

The film's art direction was by Vladimir Yegorov.


The Government of the fictional country Norland has unleashed a war with the neighboring Galikania and is suffering one defeat after another. A group of conspirators who were dissatisfied with this state of affairs, led by the Social Democrat Frank Frey arrange a coup to overthrew the emperor of Norland. But the working class does not like the new order either. Workers expose Frank Frey's policy of continuing the war and a revolution breaks out in the country. The leader of the socialist revolution becomes a mechanic of the name Franz Stark.


  • Ivan Khudoleyev as Emperor of Norland
  • Nikolai Panov as Chancellor von Turau
  • N. Tairova as von Turau's wife
  • Vladimir Gardin as Gammer
  • Vladimir Maksimov as Frank Frey, lawyer
  • Zoya Barantsevich as Countess Mitsi
  • Iona Talanov as Berenberg
  • Nikolai Saltykov as Franz Stark, locksmith
  • Lidiya Iskritskaya-Gardina as Anna
  • Oleg Frelikh as Leo von Turau
  • Ivan Kapralov as Robert von Turau
  • V. Valitskaya as Lora von Turau, Robert's wife
  • Olga Bystritskaya as Anna, Leo's lover
  • A. Semyonov as Netli, chancellor's secretary
  • M. Arnazi
  • Aleksandra Rebikova
  • Evgeniy Gryaznov
  • Karl Tomski
  • Nikolay Popov
  • Stepan Kuznetsov
  • Olga Preobrazhenskaya



  • Sargeant, Amy. Vsevolod Pudovkin: Classic Films of the Soviet Avant-garde. I.B.Tauris, 2001.

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