Zhizn za zhizn

The rival sisters, Her Sister's Rival, A tear for every drop of blood, A life for a life

Directed by: Jevgenij Bauer, Russia , 1916

Russia , 1916
Szenenphoto aus Zhizn za zhizn, © Khanzhonkov & Co

Cast and Credits

Production Aleksandr Khanzhonkov & Co
Distribution Pathé Exchange, Inc. [(USA)]
Producer Aleksandr Khanzhonkov
Director Jevgenij Bauer
Scenario Jevgenij Bauer
Based on Georges Ohnet [Novel: Serge Panine]
Director of Photography Boris Zavjeljev
Art Director Aleksej Utkin
Cast Vera Kholodnaja [Nata Khromova]
Lidija Korenjeva [Musja Khromova / Муся, дочь]
Ivan Perestiani [Zhurov]
Vitold Polonskij [Prinz Vladimir Bartinsky / Principe]
Olga Rakhmanova [Mrs. Khromova / Signora Chromova]

Technical specifications
Category: Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm, 1:1,33 - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,, 2175 meters, 5 reels
Sound System: silent
First Screening: May 10, 1916 in Russland
Survival Status: Incomplete Prints of this picture are known [Archiv: Gosfilmofond of Russia (Moscow)]
Szenenphoto aus Zhizn za zhizn, © Khanzhonkov & Co

Synopsis in German
Die reiche Frau Khromova hat eine eigene Tochter, Musya (Lydia Koreneva), und eine Adpotivtochter, Nata (Vera Kholodnaya). Der Kaufmann Zhurov hat sich in Nata verliebt...

Szenenphoto aus Zhizn za zhizn, © Khanzhonkov & Co
Remarks and general Information in German: "Khanzhankov explained in a 1937 interview what he wanted to achieve with A Life for a Life. “I wanted to stagger the cinema world with a production of great artistic worth, which would immediately place our firm’s reputation at its rightful level... From a whole range of scenarios offered to him, Bauer, our chief director, selected a dramatization of the French novel by Georges Ohnet. All the studio’s technical resources were mobilized for the production, and the main roles were allocated among the best actors in our company... We had no more than one month to spend on the production and all departments set to work at a feverish pace. Bauer liked this sort of urgent ‘spontaneous’ work and even finished it a few days ahead of the deadline.” [Silent Witnesses, ed. Tsivian et al, London/Pordenone: 1989]

Khanzhankov’s hopes were realized. The Russian film press hailed A Life for a Life as an “artistic treasure” and “a film that deserves a place alongside the best foreign productions,” although Bauer’s taste for columns was also gently mocked, and it was hinted that perhaps he was trying too hard to imitate foreign models. But all hopes of building on this achievement were swept away in the following year; and in 1919 the most-admired star of Russian cinema, Vera Kholodnaia, died in Odessa. Her vast funeral marked the end of on era." (Milestone Films and Video)

The Moving Picture World gibt in der Rezension des Films A. Arkatatov als Regisseur an. (lhg 2019)

General Information

Zhizn za zhizn is a motion picture produced in the year 1916 as a Russia production. The Film was directed by Jevgenij Bauer, with Vera Kholodnaja, Lidija Korenjeva, Ivan Perestiani, Vitold Polonskij, Olga Rakhmanova, in the leading parts. There are no reviews of Zhizn za zhizn available.

Bibliography - Silent Witness, BFI, pg 326;
- Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna 2016, pg 50f

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