The Queen of Spades (1916 film)

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The Queen of Spades
The Queen of Spades (1916 film).jpg
Directed by Yakov Protazanov
Produced by Joseph N. Ermolieff
Written by Aleksandr Pushkin
Yakov Protazanov
Fedor Ozep
Starring Ivan Mosjoukine
Music by Rafal Rozmus
Cinematography Yevgeni Slavinsky
Release date
  • 1 April 1916 (1916-04-01) (Russian Empire)
  • 18 November 1917 (1917-11-18) (U.S.)
Running time
84 minutes
Country Russian Empire
Language Silent film
Russian intertitles

The Queen of Spades (Russian: «Пиковая дама», translit. Pikovaya dama) is a 1916 film adaptation of the Aleksandr Pushkin short story of the same name, noted for high producer and operator culture, with the psychological depth of actor's game, first of all of Ivan Mosjoukine. It was one of the best pre-revolutionary films.

The film was the second production (first was the silent film adaptation of the Pyotr Tchaikovsky opera) of mystical novel of Aleksandr Pushkin, named by critics as "monumental". Director used the receptions, unexpected for those times, like retrospection, visions of heroes (as if the prototypes of the stream of consciousness), the combination shot.


As described in a film magazine,[1] Hermann, a Russian military officer with a small fortune, is fascinated when he hears a story of Countess Fedotovna, who won her fortune by playing three certain cards, the identity of which she refuses to reveal. Hermann gains entrance to the house through a flirtation with Lizaveta, ward of the countess. He confronts the countess with a revolver and demands to know the cards she played. The countess falls to the chair, apparently dead. Remorseful, Hermann goes home. The next morning he receives a message from the countess telling him that the three cards are the trey, seven, and ace. The first two nights he plays the trey and seven and is successful. The third night he bets all of his money, feeling sure that the card will be the ace. He finds it is the queen of spades. With the loss of his money he loses his mind.


Survival status[edit]

The film has been released on DVD.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Synopsis of Current Publications: The Queen of Spades". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (21): 35. November 17, 1917.
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Pikovaya Dama at

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