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USSR, 1934, 66 mn 
Black and white, silent, fiction

Happiness / Money-Grubbers

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 Le Bonheur


Russian subtitle : Стяжатели
Directed by : Aleksandr MEDVEDKIN (Александр МЕДВЕДКИН)
Writing credits : Aleksandr MEDVEDKIN (Александр МЕДВЕДКИН)
Alena EGOROVA (Алена ЕГОРОВА) ...Anna, la femme de Kmyr
Vladislav USPENSKI (Владислав УСПЕНСКИЙ)
Pyotr ZINOVYEV (Пётр ЗИНОВЬЕВ) ...Kmyr
Cinematography : Gleb TROYANSKY (Глеб ТРОЯНСКИЙ)
Production design : Aleksey UTKIN (Алексей УТКИН)
Production : Moskinokombinat
Release date in Russia : 15/03/1935

DVD with subtitles
Editeur : Arte Video
Editeur : Bach Films
Editeur : Editions Montparnasse. 2009.
VO sous-titres : FR
Editeur : Ruscico (Hyperkino). 2010.
DVD Hyperkino
Disc 1 film with optional subtitles : EN FR AL ES PO
DVD available on the English site

Plot synopsis
A philosophical fairy tale made in the style of Russian lubok, about the hapless money-grubber Khmyr, his horse-wife Anna, about the fat neighbour Foka, and about the priest, about the nun and other scarecrows. "Devoted to last collective-farm idler". The film "Happiness" brought Alexander Medvedkin wide popularity, and it was highly praised by Eisenstein, Pudovkin and Dovzhenko. In the 1970s it was shown on TV in Europe and America.
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Commentaries and bibliography
Happiness [Счастье, director : Aleksandr MEDVEDKIN, 1934], Elise THORSEN, Theodora Kelly TRIMBLE, Review,, 2012
Camp Cinema : Russian Style, Article,, 2012
Кинокэмп по-русски, Andrew CHAPMAN, Article, , 2012
Le Bonheur de Aleksandr MEDVEDKINE, Olivier BITOUN, Review,, 2009
Entre la chambre à coucher et le chantier Trois DVD soviétiques des années trente. Éditions Montparnasse., Emile BRETON, Article,, 2009
Happiness [Счастье], Review, rusfilm.pitt, 2003
Les origines du cinéma soviétique : un regard neuf, Myriam TSIKOUNAS, Book, Cerf, 1992

Selected in the following festivals :
- Talents soviétiques - Collection Arkeion, Paris (France), 2019
- Festival international du film d'Amiens, Amiens (France), 2018
- Pessac International History Film Festival, Pessac (France), 2018
- Festival de films russes Kinorama au cinéma Royal de Biarritz, Biarritz (France), 2018
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2016
- Europe around Europe, Paris (France), 2012
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2012
- Russian film symposium. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (USA), 2012
- Festival "Polka. liberated cinema", Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Russian epopee in the Institut de l'image of Aix en Provence, Aix en Provence (France), 2010
- Aubagne International Film Festival, Aubagne (France), 2008
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2007
- Nantes Russian Film Festival, Nantes (France), 2001

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