We are experiencing technical difficulties…

Windows updates. Sigh. Long story short, my computer has been giving my problems all day so I am wiped out. Therefore, I have decided I will just publish a list of good Ivan Mosjoukine movies. You’re welcome.

Ivan Mosjoukine: Russian. Blue eyes. Intense. Really, really into editing. I like him.

I hope everything will be back to normal tomorrow. Thanks!

The House in Kolomna (1913): A young woman wants to bring her boyfriend home under the nose of her strict mother. Solution: Disguise her boyfriend as the new cook and sneak him in! Based on a poem by Pushkin.

L’enfant du carnaval (1921): Mosjoukine plays a bachelor who finds himself in possession of a tiny baby. Chaos obviously ensues. Mosjoukine directs.

The House of Mystery (1923): Smashing serial in which Mosjoukine is framed for murder and must clear his name.

Mosjoukine’s disguise in “The Burning Crucible”

The Burning Crucible (1923): Bonkers mystery comedy about a weird detective agency with even weirder set design. I kind of love it. Mosjoukine directs again.

Michael Strogoff (1926): My absolute darling, based on the novel by Jules Verne and the filmmakers borrowed Latvia (army and all) to create a fictional but convincing war.

The White Devil (1930): Based on Hadji Murat by Leo Tolstoy, this film tells the story of a warlord who attempts to defect over to the Russian side. I also cover the version of the story starring… Steve Reeves?


  1. dj darnall

    There’s no such thing as too much Mosjoukine. Thank you. And I hope the tech woes are over.

    Fritzi, was it you who said: “Appreciating silent film means always having a crush on some dead guy…”? It’s true 🙂

  2. David Steere

    The cure I use for tech (or any other kind) of woe is Alice Guy’s LE PIANO IRRESISTIBLE (available in Guy’s GAUMONT TREASURES volume or at https://archive.org/details/LePianoIrresistible#). Fritzi, you seem to be in the business, at times, of spreading joy. Thanks for Mosjoukine’s L’ENFANT DU CARNAVAL: Delightful–entirely new to me. Also, your recommendation of HIS PEOPLE led to me ordering five titles from The National Center for Jewish Film. I just watched HUNGRY HEARTS which is lovely and uplifting. After this and MISS LULU BETT, I now have a big crush on Helen Ferguson. Thanks several times.

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