Spirit of fire

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Mirages

Spirit of fire

international

debut film

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"Mirages"

March 05, Sunday, 13:15, Great Hall of the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North, 0+
Poor girl Marianna is going to enter the theater. Her friends, her mother, and her fiancé support her in this. Due to a lack of money, Marianna temporarily takes a job as a reader for the millionaire Dymov. His son, a womanizer and reveler, begins to persistently court her. Marianne is rather cold towards him, but she is attracted by the prospect of a luxurious life. The girl is accepted into the theater. After the first and successful performance, the millionaire’s son takes her to his place. Marianne remains to live with him. But after a while, the younger Dymov becomes bored with her, he often leaves her alone and goes off to have fun. Besides, he is not going to marry the girl. Out of despair, Marianne commits suicide.
A poor girl Marianna thinks of working at a theatre. Her desire finds the support of her friends, her mother and her bridegroom. For lack of money Marianna takes up a temporary job as a reader with the millionaire Dymov. His son who is a lady-killer and a bon vivant, makes overtures to her. Marianna turns the cold shoulder to him but the prospects of a luxury life are alluring. The girl is accepted into a theater troupe. After her first successful performance the millionaire's son takes her to his place. Marianna starts living with him but soon Dymov Jr. is bored with her, more and more often he leaves her alone and drives off to have fun. Moreover, he has no intention of marrying the girl. In desperation Marianna takes her own life.
 

Russia / 1915 / 39 min. / B/W / Mute

Director: Petr Chardynin
Cast: Vera Kholodnaya, Arseny Bibikov, Vitold Polonsky, Olga Rakhmanova, Andrei Gromov, Tamara Gedevanova, Alexander Kheruvimov
Production: Joint Stock Company "A. Khanzhonkov and K"

Russia / 1915 / 39 min. / B&W / Silent

Director: Peter Chardynin
Cast: Vera Kholodnaya, Arseny Bibikov, Vitold Polonsky, Olga Rakhmanova, Andrei Gromov, Tamara Gedevanova, Alexander Kheruvimov
Production: JSC A. Khanzhonkov & Co.

PETER CHARDYNIN 1873–1934

Russian actor, director, screenwriter and cameraman of the silent film era. He graduated from the Music and Drama School at the Moscow Philharmonic Society in drama class, a student of A. I. Yuzhin and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko. He worked as an actor and director in the theater, from 1908 - in the troupe of the Vvedensky People's House, with which he was invited to star in the films of the Alexander Khanzhonkov film studio “Song about the Merchant Kalashnikov” and “Russian Wedding of the 1909th Century”. In 1916 he made his debut in film directing with the film “The Power of Darkness” and soon became Khanzhonkov’s leading director. In 200 he moved to the film studio of Dmitry Kharitonov, where he produced several very successful melodramas. His films starred the most popular artists of Russian pre-revolutionary cinema - Vitold Polonsky, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Vladimir Maksimov, Osip Runich, Vera Caralli, but the films with the participation of Vera Kholodnaya were especially successful. It was in Chardynin's films that the first superstar of Russian cinema played her best roles. In total, he directed over 1909 films, including “Dead Souls” (1910), “The Idiot” (1910), “The Queen of Spades” (1911), “On a Busy Place” (1913), “Little House in Kolomna”, “Uncle’s Apartment” , “Precipice” (1914), “Chrysanthemums” (1915), “Mirages” (1916), “Capital poison” (1917), “Will-o’-the-wisps” (1917), “By the fireplace” (1918), “Be silent, sadness , be silent" (1920), "The Tale of the Seven Hanged Men" (1925), "Ukrasia" (XNUMX), etc.

PETER CHARDYNIN 1873–1934

Russian actor, director, scriptwriter and cinematographer of the silent era. Graduated from the Moscow College of Music and Drama with the Moscow Philharmonic Society majoring in drama. Studied with A. Yuzhin and V. Nemirovich-Danchenko. Worked as stage actor and director. In 1908 joined the company of the Vvedensky Popular House and as its member he was invited to act in the movies “Song About the Merchant Kalashnikov” and “16th Century Russian Wedding” made by the JSC A. Khanzhonkov & Co. In 1909 he debuted as a director with “The Power of Darkness” and soon became Alexander Khanzhonkov's leading filmmaker. In 1916 he went over to Dmitry Kharitonov's Trading House where he produced several very successful melodramas. His movies featured the most popular pre-revolutionary Russian actors and actresses – Vitold Polonsky, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Vladimir Maximov, Osip Runich, Vera Karalli, but the most popular of all were movies with Vera Kholodnaya. It was in Chardynin's movies that the first superstar of Russian cinema played her best parts. He directed more than 200 films including “Dead Souls” (1909), “The Idiot” (1910), “Queen of Spades” (1910), “At a Lively Spot” (1911), “The House in Kolomna”, “ Uncle's Apartment”, “The Precipice” (1913), “Chrysanthemums” (1914), “Mirages” (1915), “Capital Poison” (1916), “By the Hearth” (1917), “Be Silent, My Sorrow, Be Silent” (1918), “The Story of Seven Who Were Hanged” (1920), “Urkasia” (1925), etc.