Shchors (film)

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Directed by Alexander Dovzhenko
Yuliya Solntseva
Written by Alexander Dovzhenko
Starring Yevgeni Samojlov
Ivan Skuratov
Aleksandr Grechanyy
Aleksandr Khvylya
Nikolai Makarenko
Pyotr Masokha
Music by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Cinematography Yuri Goldabenko
Yuriy Yekelchik
Edited by O. Skripnik
Distributed by Kiev Film Studio
Release date
  • January 1939 (1939-01)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Shchors (Russian: Щopc) is a 1939 Soviet biopic film directed by Alexander Dovzhenko. Commissioned by Joseph Stalin,[1] the film is a biography of the partisan leader and Ukrainian Bolshevik Nikolai Shchors.[2] Shchors is played by Yevgeny Samoylov (1912–2006).


Cheered up by the revolutionary zeal, the courage and the energy of their leader Nikolai Alexandrovitch Shchors, in 1919 the peasants and workers groups gather in the devastated by the civil war Ukraine, to defeat the foreign conquerors and enemies of the revolution. Shchors and his troops advance to Kiev, the seat of the bourgeois nationalists under their leader Symon Petliura, and take over the city. Other villages and towns fall. A bitter struggle with major losses blazes about Berdychiv. But Shchors' revolutionary forces remain victorious.

However, it does not take long until a new danger threatens: this time the Polish Pans enter Ukraine, and General Dragomirov marches to Kiev. Shchors, however, gathers the revolutionary forces of the country and brings them to a victorious counter-attack.


  1. ^ Jay Leyda (1960). Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film. George Allen & Unwin. pp. 353–355. 
  2. ^ Emilia Kosnichuk (January 2008). Киноправда "Щорса" и кирпичи, из которых она строилась (in Russian). 4 (399). Ezhenedelnik 2000. Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 

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