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The Crowning Performance by Clown Georges

The Crowning Performance by Clown Georges

1929, First Film Studio VUFKU (Odesa), 6 parts / 1,800 m (7 parts, 1,825 m)

Oleksandr Soloviov
Stanislav Waiting (Radzynskyi), Volodymyr Valdo
Mykhailo Belskyi
Serhii Khudiakov
 Mykola Nademskyi (Heorhii Bublikov,a Red Army soldier, he is also the clown Georges), Oleksandr Chuverov (a division commander), Mykola Kuchynskyi (a brigade commander), Mykola Palnikov (head of the division headquarters), Piotr Repnin (Senka, a scribe), Volodymyr Lisovskyi (Ferapont Shukailo, a machine gunner), Matvii Liarov (a colonel of the General Shkuro’s army), Borys Shlikhting (the colonel’s adjutant), Zoia Kurdiumova, Tetiana Tokarska (rural girls), Mykola Bochkarov, Yurii (Heorhii?) Khorkov (Red Army soldiers), A. Bielov (a shopkeeper)

The soldier Heorhii Bublikov, who used to be a quick-change artist, clown Georges, serves in the Red Army unit. Bublikov has a reputation of a bad soldier, and only the division commander considers him to be honest and courageous. He decides to use Georges’ professional skills to accomplish a difficult and highly sensitive task. Georges sneaks into the rear area of the White Army and steals some secret plans there. The task completion lets the Red Army break through the front with the least casualties. The division commander dies on the battlefield. The soldiers disturbed by their commander’s death fall into despair. All of a sudden, a familiar figure of the commander appears before the soldiers, and they charge without hesitation… Only after the battle, the men realised that it was the clown Georges who used his talent and became the division commander in the emergency. He died as a soldier. They are buried in one grave – Georges’ division commander and the Red Army soldier Heorhii Bublikov…

Waiting’s (Radzynskyi’s) and V. Valdo’s script was approved by the Higher Repertoire Committee (protocol No 4246) on 19 May 1928.

The work on the film started on 28 June 1928 and finished on 3 December 1928.

Première: 19 February 1929 (Kyiv); 06 August 1929 (Moscow)

The film is lost.