Lev KULESHOV
Лев КУЛЕШОВ
Lev KOULECHOV
USSR, 1929, 55mn 
Black and white, silent, fiction
Dva Buldi dva
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Два-бульди-два

 

 Deux-Bouldi-Deux

 Dva Buldi dva

 
Directed by : Lev KULESHOV (Лев КУЛЕШОВ)
Writing credits : Osip BRIK (Осип БРИК)
 
Cast
Sergey KOMAROV (Сергей КОМАРОВ) ...Buldi, father
Vladimir KOCHETOV (Владимир КОЧЕТОВ) ...Buldi, son
Anelle SUDAKEVICH (Анель СУДАКЕВИЧ) ...Maya
Andrei FAIT (Андрей ФАЙТ) ...colonel
S. SLETOV (С. СЛЕТОВ) ...officer
Mikhail ZHAROV (Михаил ЖАРОВ) ...President of the Revolutionary Committee
Vera MARETSKAYA (Вера МАРЕЦКАЯ ) ...Revkom Secretary
Mikhail KOMAROV (Михаил КОМАРОВ) ...Filippenko
Vladimir TSOPPY (Владимир ЦОППИ) ...circus director
Aleksandr CHISTIAKOV (Александр ЧИСТЯКОВ)
Aleksandr GROMOV (Александр ГРОМОВ)
Samson POLIAKOV (Самсон ПОЛЯКОВ)
Vladimir URALSKY (Владимир УРАЛЬСКИЙ)
Nikolay YAROCHKIN (Николай ЯРОЧКИН)
 
Cinematography : Pyotr ERMOLOV (Пётр ЕРМОЛОВ), Aleksandr SHELENKOV (Александр ШЕЛЕНКОВ)
Production design : Vladimir BALLYUZEK (Владимир БАЛЛЮЗЕК), Sergey KOZLOVSKI (Сергей КОЗЛОВСКИЙ)
Production : Mezrabpom-Rus
Release date in Russia : 27/10/1930
 
Sites : Page Allociné, page IMDb

Plot synopsis
Naturally, the circus milieu of 2 Buldy 2 (1929) encourages stunts. A father and son, both clowns, are to perform together for the first time, but the civil war separates them, and the elder Buldy, tempted for a moment to acquiesce to the White forces, casts his lot with the revolution. At the climax Buldy Jr. escapes the Whites thanks to flashy trampoline and trapeze acrobatics; the gaping enemy soldiers forget to shoot. Even Kuleshov’s more naturalistic films show flashes of kinetic, stylized acting. A partisan listens to a boy while draping himself over a door. A Bolshevik official answers the phone by reaching across his chest, twisting his body so the unused arm can hike itself up, right-angled, to the chair.
David Bordwell, www.davidbordwell.net
 

Commentaries and bibliography
The Socialist Avant-Garde at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival, Julie DRASKOCZY, kinokultura.com, 2011
Les origines du cinéma soviétique : un regard neuf, Myriam TSIKOUNAS, Cerf, 1992
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé : Cycle "Attractions. Cinéma forain, magie et cirque", Paris (France), 2020
- L'URSS des cinéastes à la Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : deuxième partie, Paris (France), 2017
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2011
- 'Il Cinema Ritrovato' Festival, Bologna (Italy), 2008

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