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The Volga Boatman (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 May 1926 (USA)
During the Revolution Princess Vera, though betrothed to Prince Dimitri, is attracted to the peasant Feodor.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Konrad Bercovici (novel), Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Feodor, A Volga Boatman
Elinor Fair ... Vera, A Princess
Robert Edeson ... Prince Nikita
Victor Varconi ... Prince Dimitri
Julia Faye ... Mariusha, A Gypsy
Theodore Kosloff ... Stefan, A Blacksmith
Arthur Rankin ... Vasili - A Boatman
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Storyline

In tsarist Russia, the Volga boatmen live hard lives, trudging along the water's edge as they pull heavy cargoes up and down the river. One day, as Prince Dimitri and his fiancée Princess Vera stop to have their fortunes told at a Tartar camp along the river, they encounter a group of boatmen who are taking a short rest. One of the boatmen, the spirited Feodor, provokes a hostile confrontation with the two aristocrats. Later, when the Revolution breaks out, Feodor becomes a leader in the Red Army, and he again encounters Dimitri and Vera, only this time with much higher stakes. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le batelier de la Volga See more »

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Budget:

$497,356 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director-producer Cecil B. DeMille considered remaking this film in 1939. The idea was vetoed by the director because he was worried it would be interpreted as too sympathetic to the Bolsheviks. See more »

Quotes

Feodor, A Volga Boatman: I love you - with the last beat of my heart.
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Connections

Referenced in Personality Parade (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Volga Boatmen
By Sigmund Spaeth
Harmonized by Carl Deis, c. 1926
'the immortal song that inspired the Cecil B. DeMille motion picture production "The Volga Boatman" with William Boyd and Elinor Fair'
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There's a good one-hour movie here somewhere
4 June 2000 | by Gilly-13See all my reviews

DeMille's tendency to overstate is unbridled, making this a little overdrawn even for a silent epic. Every scene is an epic unto itself and staged as such. It unfolds coherently with DeMille's relentlessly chronological epic momentum, but it drags in many places for lack of editing. Boyd is definitely charismatic in the role that launched his career as a silent matinee idol. His blue eyes rivet the camera even in black-and-white. The pure idealism that he brought to bear in over 50 subsequent stints as Hopalong Cassidy radiates from his Wagnerian portrayal of this bolshevik boatman who cannot betray what he knows in his heart--the universal cowboy hero of every Saturday morning in any get-up. The electricity is there between Boyd and his soon-to-be bride in real life, Elinor Fair, as the princess-in-love-with-the-noble-peasant. Julia Faye adds needed sensuous energy with her tawdry portrayal of the Tartar peasant girl (who also lusts after Boyd, of course). All the elements of human emotion against an epic backdrop are here, and DeMille develops them all as thoroughly as the themes in any of Bach's "Two and Three-Part Inventions". Great piano score from the original cue notes, too, b/t/w.


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