Alexander Popov (film)

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.

Alexander Popov
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Directed byGerbert Rappaport
Viktor Eysymont
Written byAlexander Razumovsky
StarringNikolai Cherkasov
Yefim Kopelyan
Aleksandr Borisov
Bruno Freindlich
Yury Tolubeyev
Osip Abdulov
CinematographyAnatoli Nazarov
Yevgeni Shapiro
Release date
  • 1949 (1949)
Running time
87 minutes
CountrySoviet Union


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.[1]

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.[2]



In 1951 for this film both directors, both operators and main actors (Cherkasov, Skorobogatov, Freindlich, Borisov) received the Stalin Prize of 2nd degree.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Liehm, Mira; Liehm, Antonín J. (1977). The Most Important Art: Soviet and Eastern European Film After 1945. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-520-04128-8.
  2. ^ Kozovoi, Andrei (2014). "The Cold War and Film". In Kalinovsky, Artemy M.; Daigle, Craig (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War. London and New York: Routledge. p. 341. ISBN 978-1-134-70065-3.