Vladimir KORSH-SABLIN
Владимир КОРШ-САБЛИН
Vladimir KORCH-SABLINE
USSR, 1936, 85mn 
Black and white, fiction
Iskateli schastya
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Искатели счастья

 

 Seekers of Happiness

 Les Chercheurs de bonheur

 
Directed by : Vladimir KORSH-SABLIN (Владимир КОРШ-САБЛИН)
Writing credits : Grigori KOBETS (Григорий КОБЕЦ), Iogan ZELTSER (Иоган ЗЕЛЬЦЕР)
 
Cast
Iona BIY-BRODSKI (Иона БИЙ-БРОДСКИЙ) ...Shlema
Mariya BLYUMENTAL-TAMARINA (Мария БЛЮМЕНТАЛЬ-ТАМАРИНА) ...Dvoïra
Aleksandr KAREV (Александр КАРЕВ) ...Natan, président du kholkoze
L. SHMIDT (Л. ШМИДТ) ...Rosa
L. TAYTS (Л. ТАЙЦ) ...Bassia
Nikolay VALIANO (Николай ВАЛЬЯНО) ...Liova
Sergey YAROV (Сергей ЯРОВ) ...Korneï
Boris ZHUKOVCKY (Борис ЖУКОВСКИЙ) ...Le père de Korneï
Veniamin ZUSKIN (Вениамин ЗУСКИН) ...Pinia Kopman
 
Cinematography : Boris RIABOV (Борис РЯБОВ)
Production design : V. POKROVSKY (В. ПОКРОВСКИЙ)
Music : Isaac DUNAEVSKY (Исаак ДУНАЕВСКИЙ)
Sound : Nikolay KOSAREV (Николай КОСАРЕВ), Kirill POZDNYSHEV (Кирилл ПОЗНЫШЕВ)
Companies : Belgoskino
Release Date in Russia : 25/09/1936
 

Plot synopsis
Seekers of Happiness was underwritten by the White Russian Cinema Trust. It is set in Birobijan, a self-governing Jewish province in the Far Eastern corner of the USSR. While most of the residents are hard and dedicated workers, lazy Pinya is not. Making things worse, Pinya hoards his wealth, refusing to share it with his neighbors in true communal fashion. Confronted by his honest brother-in-law, Pinya flees Birobijan with his precious gold stash. Imagine his dismay when he learns that his "gold" is just worthless iron pyrite -- a Lesson For Us All.
Hal Erickson, www.allmovie.com
 

commentaries
Seekers of Happiness [Iskateli schast'ia], Julie DRASKOCZY, rusfilm.pitt, 2006
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Kinojudaica in the Cinémathèque suisse, Lausanne (Switzerland), 2011
- Kinojudaica : the image of the Jews in the cinema of Russia and Soviet Union (1910-1960), Toulouse (France), 2009

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