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Ivan Mosjoukine

Ivan Ilyich Mozzhukhin, usually billed using the French transliteration Ivan Mosjoukine, was a Russian silent film actor, writer and director. Born in Kondol, in the Saratov Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Penza Oblast in Russia), Ivan Mozzhukhin was the youngest of four brothers. His mother Rachel Ivanovna Mozzhukhina (née Lastochkina) was the daughter of a Russian Orthodox priest, while his father Ilya Ivanovich Mozzhukhin came from peasants and served as an estate manager for the noble Obolensky family. While all three elder brothers finished seminary, Ivan was sent to the Penza gymnasium for boys and later studied law at the Moscow State University. In 1910, he left academic life to join a troupe of traveling actors from Kiev, with which he toured for a year, gaining experience and a reputation for dynamic stage presence. Upon returning to Moscow, he launched his screen career with the 1911 adaptation of Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata. Mosjoukine's most lasting contribution to the theoretical concept of film as image is the legacy of his own face in recurring representation of illusory reactions seen in Lev Kuleshov's psychological montage experiment which demonstrated the Kuleshov Effect. In 1918, the first full year of the Russian Revolution, Kuleshov assembled his revolutionary illustration of the application of the principles of film editing out of footage from one of Mosjoukine's Tsarist-era films which had been left behind when he, along with his entire film production company, departed for the relative safety of Crimea in 1917. At the end of 1919, Mosjoukine arrived in Paris and quickly established himself as one of the top stars of the French silent cinema, starring in one successful film after another. Handsome, tall, and possessing a powerful screen presence, he won a considerable following as a mysterious and exotic romantic figure. Mosjoukine's film stardom was assured and during the 1920s, his face with the trademark hypnotic stare appeared on covers of film magazines all over Europe. He wrote the screenplays for most of his starring vehicles and directed two of them, L'Enfant du carnaval (Child of the Carnival), released on 29 August 1921 and Le Brasier ardent (The Blazing Inferno), released on 2 November 1923. The leading lady in both films was the then-"Madame Mosjoukine", Nathalie Lissenko. Brasier, in particular, was highly praised for its innovative and inventive concepts, but ultimately proved too surreal and bizarre to become financially successful. Ivan Mosjoukine died of tuberculosis in a Neuilly-sur-Seine clinic. All available sources give his age as 49 and year of birth as 1889. However, his gravestone at the Russian cemetery in the Parisian suburb of Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois is inscribed with the year 1887.

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Sep 26, 1889 In Penza, Russian Empire [now Russia]
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Nitchevo 1936-12-18
Latest Project:
In the movie At Midnight in the Graveyard 1910-02-12
Known For
Poster of Petersburg Slums
Poster of Ty pomnish' li?
Poster of Sorrows of Sarah
Poster of Na boykom meste
Movie Nitchevo
Movie L'enfant du carnaval
Movie Casanova
Movie The 1002nd Night Tahar
Movie Sergeant X Unknown
Movie The White Devil Hadschi Murat
Movie Manolescu, the Prince of Adventures Manolescu
Movie The Adjutant of the Czar Prince Boris Kurbski
Movie The Secret Courier Julien Sorel
Movie The President Chico/Pepe Torre, ein Bauer
Movie Loves of Casanova Casanova
Movie Surrender Constantine
Movie Michel Strogoff Michael Strogoff
Movie The Late Mathias Pascal Mathias Pascal (as Ivan Mosjoukine)
Movie The Lion of the Moguls le prince Roundghito-Sing
Movie Les Ombres Qui Passent Louis Barclay
Movie Kean Edmund Kean
Movie The House of Mystery Julien Villandrit
Movie Member of parliament Unknown
Movie The Burning Crucible Zed, le détective
Movie Tempêtes Henri
Movie The Child of the Carnival Marquis Octave de Granier
Movie Justice d'abord Unknown
Movie A Narrow Escape Octave de Granier
Movie The Queen's Secret
Movie Father Sergius Prince Kasatsky, later Father Sergius
Movie Spirit of the Knight Unknown
Movie Little Ellie Unknown
Movie Satan Triumphant Pastor Talnoks; his son Sandro
Movie Behind the Screen Unknown
Movie Blood Need Not Be Spilled Unknown
Movie The Prosecutor Eric Olsen, prosecutor
Movie V buynoy slepote strastey Nikolay
Movie И песнь осталась недопетой
Movie Sin Unknown
Movie Life is a Moment, Art is Forever Prince Boleslav
Movie The Queen of Spades Hermann
Movie Beggar Woman Unknown
Movie Zhenshchina s kinzhalom Unknown
Movie Nikolay Stavrogin
Movie War and Peace Prince Bolkonsky
Movie Petersburg Slums Unknown
Movie Life in Death Dr. Renaud
Movie Woman of Tomorrow Nikolay, Anna's husband
Movie Her Heroic Feat Robert
Movie Sorvanets Anatoli
Movie Ty pomnish' li? Yaron
Movie Glory to Us, Death to the Enemy Russian officer
Movie Chrysanthemums Vladimir
Movie Mysterious Someone Writer
Movie Wicked Night Georges Vinogradov, a student
Movie Skazka o spyashchei i tsarevne i semi bogatryakh Crown Prince Elisei
Movie Mazepa Mazepa
Movie Drunkenness and Its Consequences Unknown
Movie In the Hands of Merciless Fate Unknown
Movie Accession of the Romanov Dynasty Unknown
Movie Uncle's Apartment Unknown
Movie Sorrows of Sarah Unknown
Movie The Precipice Rayskiy
Movie The Little House in Kolomna The officer in the guards / Mavrusha
Movie The Night Before Christmas Devil
Movie The Peasants' Lot Petr
Movie The In-Law Ivan
Movie Defence of Sevastopol Kornilov, and an associte of the envoy of the Menikov retinue
Movie The Kreutzer Sonata Unknown
Movie The Brigand Brothers Brigand
Movie Na boykom meste Unknown
Movie At Midnight in the Graveyard Unknown