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The Eyes That Saw

The Eyes That Saw

Naive Tailor / Motele Shpindler / Motele-idealist

1928, First Film Studio VUFKU (Odesa), 6 parts / 1,901 m

 Volodymyr Vilner
 Solomon Lazurin
 Borys Zaveliev
 Yosyp Shpinel
 Matvii Liarov (Shklianskyi), Anna Horicheva (his wife), I. Kaverberh (Meyer, their son), I. Mindlin (Motele Shpindler, a tailor), Yu. Rozumovska (Dvoira, his wife), Yuliia Solntseva (Rosa, his sister), Diaharin (Kolotov, an intendant), Mariia Diusimetier (his wife), A. (O.?) Symonov (a general), Oleksandr Indlin (a foreman of Shklianskyi’s factory), A. (?) Vabnyk (Shklianskyi’s lackey), L. Lanskoi (Motele’s father), A. Meshcherska (Motele’s mother), A/nia?/ Fisher (Ania, Motele’s daughter), Dobrovolskyi (a feldwebel), K. Radmin (a military doctor), Mykola Kuchynskyi (a police officer), M. Zaslavskyi (Moisha) 

The film is based on Sholem Aleichem’s short story Motele Shpindler, Motele-Idealist.

The poor Jewish tailor Motele lives in one of small towns. When World War I starts, the poor Motele is mobilised to the army, while the rich Jewish factory owner Shklianskyi makes a profit from military orders. Moisha, a worker from Shklianskyi’s factory, Motele’s tenant, helps his needy family. But he, as a troublemaker and rebel, is fired and also sent to the front. The official propaganda of that time blames Jewish people for all the troubles, and pogroms begin. During one of them, Motele’s mother and wife are killed. However, Shklianskyi’s family was not harmed, as rich people are defended.

In 1929, the film was screened in New York (USA).

The film is lost.