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The Great Glinka

Original title
Glinka
Year
Running time
116 min.
Country
Soviet Union  (USSR) Soviet Union (USSR)
Director
Screenwriter
Lev Arnshtam
Music
Vissarion Shebalin
Cinematography
Yu-Lan Chen, Aleksandr Shelenkov
Cast
Producer
Mosfilm
Genre
Drama. Musical | Biography. 19th Century
Synopsis / Plot
The Great Glinka is the life story of the famed 19th-century Russian composer. Acclaimed as the first of his breed to incorporate authentic Russian folk songs in his compositions, Glinka, aka Mikkail Ivanovitch, is herein depicted as a "musician of the people." Despite his friendships with such stellar literary figures as Pushkin and his recognition by the Czar, Glinka never forgets his humble origins. Most of the film is taken up by a reenactment of the events leading to the debut of Glinka's first opera, Ivan Susanin. Soviet singing star Boris Chirkov plays Glinka, while members of the Bolshoi Theatre appear in secondary roles.
Awards
1946: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Grand Prize of the Festival
1947: Venice Film Festival: Nominated for Grand International Award
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