The Cossacks (1928 film)
|Directed by||George W. Hill
|Written by||Frances Marion (adaptation)
John Colton (intertitles)
|Screenplay by||Frances Marion|
|Based on||The Cossacks
by Leo Tolstoy
|Music by||William Axt
|Edited by||Blanche Sewell|
The Cossacks is a 1928 American silent drama film produced and distributed by MGM and directed by George Hill and Clarence Brown. The film stars John Gilbert and Renée Adorée and is based on the 1863 novel The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy.
- John Gilbert - Lukashka
- Renée Adorée - Maryana
- Ernest Torrence - Ivan
- Nils Asther - Prince Olenin Stieshneff
- Paul Hurst - Sitchi
- Dale Fuller - Ulitka (Maryana's mother)
- Josephine Borio - Stepka
- Yorke Sherwood - Uncle Eroshka
- Joseph Mari - Turkish Spy
The Cossacks was beset with problems due to MGM executives requesting various script changes during filming. Frances Marion, who wrote the screenplay, became frustrated by the numerous requests and later said she "lost track of what the story was really about and the material seemed frayed on all edges." The film's stars John Gilbert and Renée Adorée complained about the numerous rewrites and felt their roles were "not worthy".
Before filming completed, director George W. Hill requested that he be removed as director as he did not like the film's subject matter and had tired of Gilbert and Adorée's complaints. Clarence Brown was later hired to reshoot several scenes and ultimately completed the film.
- White Munden, Kenneth, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1921-1930. University of California Press. p. 146. ISBN 0-520-20969-9.
- The Cossacks at silentera.com
- Beauchamp, Cari (1998). Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood. University of California Press. pp. 219–220. ISBN 0-520-92138-0.
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