Love! Honor! Furry hats! Intense staring! I think we have some Russians in the house.
Ivan Mosjoukine’s last silent film is an adaptation of Tolstoy’s last work of fiction, Hadji Murat. It’s about a revolt in the Caucasus but is mainly used as an excuse for even more intense staring. Not that I mind.
The plot is not all one could hope for from Mosjoukine and director Alexandre Volkoff but the visuals are stunning and the climax makes it all worth it.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Our hero goes down in a blaze of glory and the death scene is one for the ages.
If it were a dessert it would be: Chocolate Cake. It’s not the fanciest but who is going to refuse it?
Availability: No high-quality versions of this film have been released on home media but there is a slightly blurry print available on Archive.org.