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Semiramis’ Pearls

1929, First Film Studio VUFKU (Odesa), 7 parts / 2,200 m

Director:
Scriptwriter: 
Stanislav Waiting (Radzynskyi), Volodymyr Valdo
Cameraman:
Artist:
 Heinrich Beisenherz, Ivan Suvorov
Cast:
 H. Rostov (Ahmed-pasha, Khadjibey fortress governor), M. Shevelie/o/va (Ahmed-pasha’s chief wife), Ye. Mohern (Ziuleika, a younger wife, Semiramis’ Pearl), H. Marynchak (Holota, a young Cossack), Serhii Petrov (chevalier de Fougo, a detachment commander of the Army of Catherine II), Karl Tomskyi (Asparidi, a Greek man), Stepan Shahaida (Chapyra, an old Zaporozhian Cossack), (Ivan ?) Kovalevskyi (count Pototskyi), A. (?) Vabnyk (Yusuf, a eunuch at Ahmed-pasha’s harem), Ivan Malikov-Elvorti (an officer in charge), Leonid Khazanov (Ziuleika’s hairdresser)

It is a history of founding Odesa at the location of former Turkish fortress Khadjibey.

The reign of Catherine II. Ahmed-pasha, the governor of Khadjibey fortress, enjoys a lush life and his harem.

At the order of the empress to free the Slavic lands from unorthodox people, Russian troops headed by the courtier general de Fougo, approach the fortress. Cossacks expelled from Zaporozhian Sich are ahead of de Fougo. Due to a sudden assault, they seize the Turkish fortress. To make amendments for their arbitrariness, the Cossack leaders decide to give the fortress to Catherine II as a gift. Rich noblemen and merchandises come to the fortress from Russia. Cossacks come under a new sway, moreover, de Fougo grabs their lands.

Furious Zaporozhians burst into the governor’s palace. De Fougo sends his forces against them. Cossacks are forced to look for new territories.

The film is lost.

The film was released on 29 March 1929 in Kyiv and on 13 August 1929 in Moscow.