The Degraded

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The Degraded
Directed by Alexander Sokurov
Written by Alexander Sokurov
Starring Ilya Rivin
Viktoriya Yurizditskaya
Irina Sokolova
Evgeniy Mishenko
Andrei Petrov
Sergei Koshonin
Music by A. Mikhailov
Distributed by Mosfilm
Release date
  • 1980 (1980)
Running time
30 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Degraded (Russian: Разжалованный, Razzhalovannïy) is the second film by Alexander Sokurov. It was released in 1980 and is of 30 minutes duration.


This film was Sokurov's first feature at Lenfilm. It was roughly based on a short story by the contemporary Soviet writer, Grigoriy Baklanov. Baklanov asked that his name be removed from the credits because the only motif that was adopted from Baklanov's work was the scene of the transitional period from power to subordinance. The amateur Ilya Rivin played the main character and appeared in three further movies by Sokurov.


Sokurov's first film, The Lonely Voice of Man appears in The Degraded when the protagonist is in a movie theater; the Soviet authorities had yet to acknowledge the existence of Sokurov's earlier film.

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