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1926, First Film Studio VUFKU (Odesa), 16 parts / 5,179 m
The film adaptation of Taras Shevchenko’s biography of 1925 is the first Ukrainian biopic. At that time, it was one of the most expensive films, as for the first time experts in history, ethnography, and literary studies were involved in pre-production. The famous Modernism artist, academician Vasyl Kryvhevskyi designed the film, and professor Serhii Yefremov served as a consultant.
Consisting of numerous short stories, the film that shows the life of Shevchenko as an adolescent, a soldier, a poet, was successfully demonstrated in Ukraine and abroad and became the most acknowledged cinema project of 1926. Amvrosii Buchma played Taras Shevchenko.
There was also a condensed version of the film named Taras’s Life (Young Taras), which was made by Chardynin in co-authorship with his wife Marharyta Barska-Chardynina and was targeted at the young audience.