To the150th Anniversary of the Birth of Aleksandr Kuprin and the 100th Anniversary of the “Russian Exodus” Cinema club of the Russian Centre in Brussels presented the film “The lieutenant Romashov”
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150th Anniversary of the Birth of Aleksandr Kuprin
100th Anniversary of the “Russian Exodus”
"The lieutenant Romashov"
Opening remarks by director Igor Chernitsky and composer Nikolay Romanov
Film company "CHEROMAFILM"
Script writers: Aelita Romanenko, Igor Chernitsky
Stage director: Igor Chernitsky
Director of photography: Artur Krasheninnikov, Anatoly Rodionov, Mikhail Glukhov
Production designer: Inna Bychenkova
Composer: Nikolay Romanov
2012 * 140 min.
Cast: Anatoly Prosalov, Alyona Babenko, Bogdan Stupka, Elizaveta Boyarskaya and others.
The screen version of the autobiographical in most respects Kuprin’s novel “The Duel” is not the first one in Russian cinema history. But the treatment of the main hero, after whom the movie is named “The lieutenant Romashov”, distinguishes this version among others.
The lieutenant Romashov has made almost nothing in his life, hasn’t made military career. But he is not weak, uncertain, spineless intellectual; he is uncommon, bright, talented person, and it is shown in the movie. He raises his voice in protection of deprived of civil rights soldier, opposes conservative orders in army, protects honor of the beloved woman and he is ready, if it is necessary, to die for her. Action time in the film, unlike Kuprin's work, is shifted since the end of the XIX century by the years previous the beginning of the First World War. The state of peace became more and more fragile. Protection of peace was represented more and more unreliable. Transfer of feelings of this historical moment was so important for authors of the film, so known talented actors were invited to the shortest episodes. Documentary shots serve as the introduction to the film, arise in the middle and finish it; they aggravate feeling of historical authenticity and become a symbol in the ending. Love is one of the central themes of the movie. Love as the first shy feeling, love as passion and love as a feat. In the movie "The lieutenant Romashov" the main thing is collisions of human life. Conversation on honesty and honor, love and virtue sounds louder than social disputes. It is perhaps the deepest reading of Kuprin’s prose and it is certainly art film.