Alexander Popov (film)
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Alexander Popov (Russian: Александр Попов) is a 1949 biographical film directed by Herbert Rappaport about the life and work of Alexander Stepanovich Popov, who was the notable physicist and electrical engineer, and early developer of radio communication.
|Directed by||Gerbert Rappaport|
|Written by||Alexander Razumovsky|
In the process of scientific search the talent and the power of observation of Popov allowed him to complete a number of unique discoveries. The wireless telegraph invented by him was used for the first time in the heaviest conditions of the polar north, for rescuing people, which proved to be themselves on the ice floe in the open ocean...
Role as propaganda filmEdit
Along with Grigori Roshal's Ivan Pavlov, which came out that same year, Alexander Popov was among the first in a series of patriotic biographical films produces in the Soviet Union which aimed to prove the superiority of Russian and Soviet science and art over that of the West.
The films acknowledges the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, but makes not mention to the Nikola Tesla, whose work paved the way for Popov's inventions. This obscuring of American achievements is in line with other Russian Cold War-era films.
- Nikolay Cherkasov as Aleksandr Stepanovich Popov
- Aleksandr Borisov as Rybkin (as A. Borisov)
- Konstantin Skorobogatov as Admiral Makarov (as K. Skorobogatov)
- Ilya Sudakov as Mendeleyev (as I. Sudakov)
- Yuriy Tolubeev as Petrushevsky (as Yu. Tolubeyev)
- Vladimir Chestnokov as Lyuboslavsky (as V. Chestnokov)
- Kseniya Blagoveshchenskaya as Raisa Alekseevna (as K. Blagoveshchenskaya)
- Leonid Vivyen as Tyrtov (as L. Viven)
- Bruno Freindlikh as Marconi (as B. Freyndlikh)
- Osip Abdulov as Isaacs (as O. Abdulov)
In 1951 for this film both directors, both operators and main actors (Cherkasov, Skorobogatov, Freindlich, Borisov) received the Stalin Prize of 2nd degree.
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