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Vasia the Reformer

1926, First Film Studio VUFKU (Odesa), 6 parts / 1,603-2,030 m

 Oleksandr Dovzhenko
 Ivan Suvorov
 Vasia Liudvynskyi (Vasia, a pioneer), Yura Chernyshov (Yurko, his brother), Yurii Shumskyi (Pylyp Sotka, Vasia’s uncle), Nataliia Chernyshova (Vasia’s mother), M. Smolenskyi (the head of Lushpaisyndykat), Dmytro Kapka (a superintendent), Stepan Shahaida (Mytko Kutsyi, a criminal), A. Symonov (a beerhouse keeper), Volodymyr Uralskyi (a cook), Ksana Zapadna (a lady, the superintendent’s acquaintance), Istomin (a drunkard), Anton Klymenko, Artikula (priests), Rudakov (a district duty officer), Komarova (a typist), Lazar Frenkel (a Lushpaisyndykat employeeу)

Vasia, the son of a factory’s worker, is attracted by the romance of adventures. And he goes to look for them. He saves a drowning drunkard who tries to beat him. Vasia escapes from him in a vehicle parked on the shore. However, the vehicle belongs to a superintendent who, when he does not find it, stages its theft. Meanwhile, Vasia exposes priests in the church. As a result, the church is turned into a cinema, and the priest becomes a cinema technician. And finally, Vasia’s last deed is catching a criminal at home and denouncing him to the militia.

It is a satire of the NEP period. It is the first Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s film.

The film was released on 17 December 1926 in Kyiv. The film is lost.