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Three Days / Father and Son
1927, First Film Studio VUFKU (Odesa), 6 parts / 1,678 m, 60 min.
The Red Army enters the city, while the White Army leaves it. There are only two people in the landlord’s estate, an old doorkeeper and a grammar school student, the landlord’s son. The house is taken by the Red Army detachment, and the doorkeeper’s son Andrii, a Bolshevik, is among them. The old man does not share his beloved son’s views and protects the landlord’s son hiding him in the attic. Next day, the Whites seize the town again, and the doorkeeper hides his son in the same attic. Though in vain, as the landlord’s son turns him over, and the Bolshevik will be executed…
The estate with the Whites in it is burning, the heart of Andrii’s father stops, and then there is a new day…
This is the first Ukrainian film that was distributed in the USA.
In 1932, the famous Ukrainian composer Borys Liatoshynskyi wrote the music to the film.
Among others, the film was shot in the legendary Maraslis’s summerhouse in Frantsuzkyi boulevard in Odesa, and then in Ashkenazi’s summerhouse. Both buildings still exist today, but they have lost their sophistication and elegance a long time ago. At that time, Maraslis’s summerhouse was not only a legendary place where the local elite gathered, but also a fine example of the garden art which had a huge 40-meter orangery covered in glass and an artificial grotto.
The film was released on 07 November 1927 in Kyiv, and on 25 December 1927 in Moscow.