The Grasshopper (1955 film)

The Grasshopper (Russian: Попрыгунья, romanizedPoprygunya) is a 1955 Soviet drama film directed by Samson Samsonov based on a short story of the same title by Anton Chekhov.[1][2] It was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Film in 1957.[3]

The Grasshopper
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Directed bySamson Samsonov
Produced byTatyana Berezantseva
Anatoliy Bobrovskiy
Written bySamson Samsonov (screenplay)
Anton Chekhov (story)
StarringLyudmila Tselikovskaya
Sergei Bondarchuk
Vladimir Druzhnikov
Distributed byArtkino Pictures
Release date
June 10, 1955
CountrySoviet Union

The lead character is said to be based on Sofia Kuvshinnikova who although married to another was until 1890 living with the painter Isaac Levitan in the town of Plyos where Sofia was improving her painting skills.[4]

Landscape with Church, near Plyos by Kuvshinnikova - 1893

Chekhov wrote The Grasshopper shortly after this time when the couple had returned. Chekhov was a close friend of Sofia's and may have had strong affections for her. The story was a way of criticizing her betrayal, both of him and her innocent husband, and created a small scandal. According to the memoirs of Chekhov's brother, Mikhail, the situation almost led to a duel with Levitan, but it was avoided thanks to the intercession of a mutual friend, Tatiana Shchepkina-Kupernik.[5]



  1. ^ Rollberg, P., Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.
  2. ^ Goble, A., The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film, Bowker-Saur, 1999.
  3. ^ BAFTA Awards (1957)
  4. ^ Biographical notes and works from the Museum of Landscape, Plyos.
  5. ^ "Why, because of his beloved, did Levitan almost call a duel with Chekhov?" by Vladimir Rogoza @ Школа Жизни.

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