The Queen of Spades (1916 film)

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The Queen of Spades
The Queen of Spades (1916 film).jpg
Directed byYakov Protazanov
Produced byJoseph N. Ermolieff
Written byAleksandr Pushkin
Yakov Protazanov
Fedor Ozep
StarringIvan Mosjoukine
Music byRafal Rozmus
CinematographyYevgeni Slavinsky
Release date
  • 1 April 1916 (1916-04-01) (Russian Empire)
  • 18 November 1917 (1917-11-18) (U.S.)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryRussian Empire
LanguageSilent film
Russian intertitles

The Queen of Spades (Russian: «Пиковая дама», romanizedPikovaya 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 of the story, the first being the silent short film adaptation of the Pyotr Tchaikovsky opera by Pyotr Chardynin in 1910. Director used the receptions, unexpected for those times, like retrospection, visions of heroes (as if the prototypes of the stream of consciousness), and the split screen 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.


Home media[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. 17 November 1917.
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Pikovaya Dama at

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