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Forest Beast

1925, First Film Studio VUFKU (Odesa), 8 parts / 2,560 m

Director: 
Scriptwriter:
 Dmytro Buzko
Cameraman:
 Yevgeniy Slavinskiy, Hryhorii Drobin
Artist:
 Solomon Zarytskyi, Ivan Suvorov
Cast:
 Mykola Saltykov (otaman Zabolotnyi), Oleksandr Malksyi (bandit Fotiy / a priest), Ivan Kapralov (bandit Yukhym), V. Piddubnyi (Yukhym’s brother, a worker), Dmytro Erdman (a young guy “Smushkova Shapka”), Leonid Yureniev (Savchenko, head of the revolutionary committee), Hoarina Hoarik (Nata, his wife), Dmytro Fedorovskyi (head of Cheka / a bandit), Nikolay Panov (nationalist Brovko), Pavlo Hierov (Teslia, an agent of the People’s Commissariat), A. (O.?) Olenich-Aleksieieva (Kitty, his wife), Mykola Kuchynskyi (nationalist Sumyrnyi), Lazar Bodyk (a passerby), O. Merlatti, A. (O?) Symonov (nationalists), Aleksandr Sashyn, Hershunenko, Vasyl Viktorov, Leonid Kann, Vladimir Uralskyi, I. Doroshenko (Zabolotnyi’s people), Anton Klymenko (a sentry at the People’s Commissariat), Teodor Brainin, Kostiantyn Ihnatiev (agents of the revolutionary committee), Nazarov (a Romanian officer), Ruzhytskyi (a Romanian general)

1921. The struggle for Ukraine’s liberation is going on. The leader of the haidamak movement in Odesa region, otaman Zabolotnyi, holds off the attack of the Red Army. His first officer Yukhym becomes disillusioned in the “kulak” otaman, joins the Soviet units and helps to make a trap for Zabolotnyi.

The film is based on the short novel by the writer-reemigrant Dmytro Buzko, who used to fight next to the real Semen Zabolotnyi. Moreover, real witnesses of the otaman’s activities and the Red Army soldiers who fought with him were shot in the film.

The film was released on 17 June 1925 in Kyiv and on 28 June 1925 in Moscow. The film is lost.