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Laws of the Storm

Nine-tenths of Fate
First (Odesa) and Second (Yalta) Film Studios VUFKU, 7 parts / 2,000 m

 Oleksandr Soloviov
 Vieniamin Kavierin
 Marius Holdt (studio), Albert Kuhn (on location)
Volodymyr Miuller
 Borys Shlikhting (Tarkhanov, a captain), N. Fedorenko (Kostiantyn Shakhov, a warrant officer), Volodymyr Lisovskyi (Halvetskyi, a scribe of the military court), Nina Li (Halyna Miu(i)ller), I. Kaverberh (Turbin, also Raievskyi, the chief of staff), F. Khokhlov (Kryvenko, a commissar), Borys Shelestov-Zauze (an investigator of Warsaw prison), A. Ostashevskyi (a general in the military school), P. Matvieienko (a warrant officer arresting Shakhov), Mykola Nademskyi (the general on the boulevard), Bielov, Kharytonov, Barsov, Honcharov (members of the City Council), H. Marynchak (head of the revolutionary tribunal), D. (Volodymyr?) Voishvyllo (a Red Army soldier), L. Lanskoi (a civil servant on the train), Parshyn (Tarkhanov’s guard), Solntsev

The film is based on the short novel Nine-tenths of Fate by V. Kavierin.

In October 1917, the warrant officer Shakhov takes the path of the revolution. Shakhov is concerned that in the time of the imperialist war, he, when arrested for the participation in a revolutionary group and interrogated while being half conscious, told the name of his friend and teacher, the revolutionary Raievskyi. This fact is disclosed. The revolutionary tribunal sentences Shakhov to death. In the very last moment, Raievskyi who became a significant party member under the name Turbin, saves Shakhov and tells the court about the circumstances when he unconsciously became a betrayer. The tribunal declares Shakhov not guilty.

The film has survived without the second, sixth and seventh parts.

The film was released on 06 July 1928 in Kyiv and on 18 December 1928 in Moscow.