The Grasshopper (1955 film)
The Grasshopper (Russian: Попрыгунья, romanized: Poprygunya) is a 1955 Soviet drama film directed by Samson Samsonov based on a short story of the same title by Anton Chekhov. It was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Film in 1957.
|Directed by||Samson Samsonov|
|Produced by||Tatyana Berezantseva|
|Written by||Samson Samsonov (screenplay)|
Anton Chekhov (story)
|Distributed by||Artkino Pictures|
|June 10, 1955|
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.
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.
- Sergey Bondarchuk as Dr. Osip Stepanovich Dymov (as S. Bondarchuk)
- Lyudmila Tselikovskaya as Olga Ivanovna Dymova (as L. Tselikovskaya)
- Vladimir Druzhnikov as Ryabovskiy (as V. Druzhnikov)
- Evgeniy Teterin as Dr. Fedor Lukich Korostylev (as Ye. Teterin)
- Anatoli Aleksin
- Anatoliy Bobrovsky
- Vasili Bokarev as Bryndin (as V. Bokarev)
- Georgiy Georgiu as Uzdechkin (as G. Georgiu)
- Mikhail Gluzsky as Burkin (as M. Gluzskiy)
- Rollberg, P., Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.
- Goble, A., The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film, Bowker-Saur, 1999.
- BAFTA Awards (1957)
- Biographical notes and works from the Museum of Landscape, Plyos.
- "Why, because of his beloved, did Levitan almost call a duel with Chekhov?" by Vladimir Rogoza @ Школа Жизни.
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