A Magic Ray (1963)

Documentary №5760, 8 parts, duration: 1:17:58, black-white
Production: CSDF (RCSDF)
Director:Karmen R., Katanyan V., Makhnach L., Poselskiy I.
Screenwriters:Karmen R., Novogrudskiy A.
Camera operators:Bgancev I., Kotlyarenko L., Tsitron V.
Composers:Lokshin A., Muravlev A.
Anouncers:Vdovina T., Khmara L.


About the history of the Soviet cinematography from its emergence till the 60-s of the XX century.

Temporary description:

The film - a story about the history of Soviet cinema since its inception until 1960. Fragments of the feature films: "Polikushka," "Be quiet sadness, quiet", "Red Devils", "Battleship Potemkin", "Mother," "Passport to Life", "Chapaev", "Youth of Maxim", "Vyborg Side," " We are from Kronstadt "," Jolly Fellows "," Circus, "" Big Life "," Komsomolsk "," party ticket "," Member of the Government "," Lenin in October "," Man with a Gun, "" Two Soldiers " "Rainbow", "Young Guard", "Pavel Korchagin," "Secret Agent", "Rural Teacher", "Ballad of a Soldier," "Fate of Man," "Clear Skies, "" deputy of the Baltic "," Striped Voyage "," Height "," Big Family "," Communist "," 9 days a year "," Farewell, Doves, "" Carnival Night "," Girls. "Fragments documentaries, cartoons, newsreels, working moments filming movies. Masters of the Soviet cinema. Directors: Sergei Eisenstein, VI Pudovkin, Dovzhenko, Dziga Vertov, Gerasimov, S. Vasiliev, and G. Vasilyev, G. Kozintsev , A. Trauberg, F. Ermler, Y. Reisman, Alexandria, VI Savchenko, N. Shengelaya, G. Chuhray, S. Yutkevich, L. Kulidzhanov, S. Bondarchuk. Cameramen, artists, composers. Soviet actors Arts Movies: B. Babochkin, B. Chirkov, LP Orlova, L. Utesov, BA Andreev, N. Kryuchkov, T. Makarova, B. Marecki, N. Mordjukova, P. Kadochnikov, V. Ivashov, E. Urban, O. Tabakov, AN Cherkasov, IV Makarova, N. Rybnikov, I. Smoktunovsky, I. Ilyinsky and others. Speech by Khrushchev (synchronously) at a meeting of leaders of the Communist Party and Soviet government with the writers and artists.

Reel №1

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CSDF film set.

Camera lens - CU.

On location shoots cameraman Malik Kayumov.

Vasily Kiselev operator on an elephant during a trip to India.

The elephant on the trunk carries equipment.

With the machine operator removes Wolf Citron.

With the glider operator removes Abram Krichevsky.

Removes operator Leonid Kotlyarenko.

Aircraft in the air.

Removes operator Alexander Istomin.

The launch of the missile in the air.

Astronaut with a movie camera.

Earth, taken from space.


The aircraft take off camera.

Cinema "Drummer".

The audience in the hall.

The spectators - CU.

Cinema "Russia."

The first film in the history of documentary photography Lumiere Brothers (1896) -

Arrival of the train.

Newsreel of the early twentieth century:

The first scene the film, a two-minute comedy "political waterer" (fragment).

Pianist plays.

Film studios "Mosfilm", is shooting.

The place where it was built studio "Mosfilm" - a vacant lot near the village Potylikha.

Meeting before the start of construction.

Newsreel 1927:

Men drive a peg.

Newspaper in 1919 with the Decree of the CPC about movies and articles, is aimed at the workers' struggle with the fuel crisis, famine and epidemics.

Newsreel 1920.:

People work at a volunteer, go to the front soldiers, said VI Lenin.

Kinohronikery first.

Fragment from the film of the hydraulic extraction of peat.

Train is the first years of the revolution.

Said M. Kalinin.

Movie projector outdoors.

Hang the screen.

Animation: posters of old movies - Kinodrom salon.

Excerpts from the films.

Film Laboratories.


Fragment from the film "Polikushka" as Polikushka Ivan Moskvin.

Shooting the film, takes reasonable.

Fragment from the film "Red dyavolyata."

Kuleshov, director of installation of the film "extraordinary adventure of Mr.

West in the land of the Bolsheviks."

Fragment from the film "extraordinary adventure of Mr.

West in the land of the Bolsheviks."

Reel №2

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Excerpts from the film "Battleship Potemkin" (the scene being shot on the Odessa steps, etc.).

Newsreel 1925:

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein and cameraman Edward Tise on first viewing the film.

Photo: director Vsevolod Pudovkin.

Fragments of feature films: "Arsenal" Alexander Dovzhenko, "Chip Empire" director Ermler, "Road to Life" Nicholas Eck (starring Nikolai Batalov), "Counter" and Ermler Jutkevich (in the role of master actor Gardin).

Newsreel 1930s.

The authors of the first Soviet sound film systems - engineers Shorin and Tager.

Newsreel 1930.:

Grimiruetsya the role Chapaev artist Boris A. Babochkin.

Sergei and Georgy Vasilyev - director of the film "Chapaev" in the editing room.

Fragment from the film "Chapev": Chapaev Commissioner explains that is to be the commander in combat.

Newsreel 1930.:

Organized, columns, people go to watch the movie "Chapaev".

In Spain are soldiers battalion Chapayev Republican Army.

Directed by the tale of a young Bolshevik Maxim I. Kozintsev Trauberg, operator Moskvin in the editing room.

Excerpts from the film "Youth of Maxim" (starring Boris Chirkov): Three friends singing a song "turns, turns blue ball."

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Excerpts from the film "The Vyborg Side (Max says goodbye to Natasha)," We are from Kronstadt "(the mother accompanies seafarers).

The film's director and writer Dzigan Vsevolod Vishnevsky (photo).

Newsreel 1930.:

Bolshoi Theatre building with the words "15 years of Soviet cinema."

Soviet filmmakers: Vasilyev brothers, Ezenshteyn.

Pudovkin, Ermler, etc.

On the development of film tells AM Bitter (synchronously).

Bitter of the floor.

Filming of "Virgin Soil Upturned" (the first film adaptation of the novel Sholokhov).

Directed by Julius Reisman talks to actor Dorofeev (Shchukar).

Caption: "Quiet, is shooting» - CU.

PNRM. the orchestra.

Composed by Dmitry Shostakovich, Isaac Dunaevskij and director Grigory Alexandrov.

Fragment from the film "Jolly Fellows" (starring - L.Utesov and LA Orlova)

Fragment from the film "The Circus" (L. Orlov, Stolyarov).

I.Dunaevsky Lebedev and the poet of the piano-Kumach (synchronously).

Excerpts from the film "Rich Bride," "The Great Life", "Komsomolskaya".

Reel №4

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Photo: director Ivan Pyriev.

Excerpts from the film "The party ticket", "member of the government," directed by and Zarchi Heifits (starring - Vera Maretskaya), "Lenin in October" directed by Mikhail Romm (as Lenin - Boris Shchukin, as Basil - Nicholas Okhlopkov), "Man with a Gun" Sergei Jutkevich (Lenin - Maxim Strauch, soldiers Shadrin - Artist Tenin).

Newsreel 1920.:

Excerpts from the film Vertov "Three Songs of Lenin."

Double Exposure: bust of VI Lenin and hydropower.

Soldiers of the systems goes to watch a movie.

Dziga Vertov and Elizabeth Svilova in the editing room.

Photos of the first kinohronikerov USSR operators Novitsky Yermolov Guibert, Levitsky, Slavinsky, Tisse, Lemberg.


Operators removed from the vehicle with a crane in the wilderness (Turksib) at the North Pole: the floating station at stratospheric, in Abyssinia, Spain, etc.

The first director, documentary filmmaker Ilya Kopalin Nicholas Karmazinsky, Samuel Bubrik Sergey Gurov, Arsh Ovanesova in mounting.

Newsreel 1941-1945.:

Operators at the front.

Removes operator Stoyanovskii.

Military friends say goodbye to him at his grave.

Removes operator Vladimir Sušica.

Footage of his last shot.

A plaque with the names of those killed in the war cameramen, set in the Moscow House of Cinema - PNRM.

Fragment from the film "Two Soldiers" (artists Andreev and Oleynik).

Reel №5

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Fragments of feature films: "Rainbow," "The Young Guard".


Flying the flag over the Reichstag in Berlin, the liberation of the peoples of the Nazi occupation, start hydropower, construction of new buildings, building a new life in the countries liberated from colonization, demonstrations of workers in capitalist countries.

Excerpts from the documentary "Caspian Oil ',' People of blue fire."

The lesson of literature in 739 schools in Moscow.

Students write an essay about a favorite movie character.

Short excerpts from the feature film, "Paul Pavel", "Feat of intelligence," "Scarlet", "Zoe", "Rural teacher."

Pupils watch the movie - MS., CU.

Spectators watch movies - MS.

Excerpts from the film "Ballad of a Soldier" Gregory Chukhrai and Valentin Yezhov (date Alyosha with his mother, Alyosha - Vladimir Ivashov), "The destiny of man" (the scene in the cabin of the machine), "Clean Sky", and G. Chukhrai Khrabrovitsky (artists E. and N. Urbanski Drobysheva).

Reel №6

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Newsreel of the 1950-1960-s.

Images from the scientific films on screen icebreaker "Lenin", plentiful sunshine grain (Rapid), bacteria, solar prominences, the manuscript of Lenin, the earth shot from space, underwater photography, cleaning corn harvester.

Fragments from the cartoon "Chudesnitsa", "History of a Crime," "Who said meow."

Animation: map indicating the location of the studios of the country.

Film studio building.

Dovzhenko in Kiev.

The plaque on the building.

Directed by Igor Savchenko - CU.

Fragment from the film "Taras Shevchenko".

Shooting in the studio hall of Tbilisi.

Director Nikolai Shengelaya on set - CU.

Armenian film Alu Beknazarov on film.

Sign studio "Belarusfilm" in Minsk - CU.


Working time.

Studio building in Riga.


Directed Chukhrai, Rostotsky, Segel, Alov, Naumov, Ryazanov, Danelia, Talankin.

Abuladze at work - MS., CU.

PNRM. the pavilion studio "Mosfilm".

Director Alexander Dovzhenko on shooting, on the banks of the Dnieper - LS., MS.

Manuscripts Dovzhenko.

Vsevolod Pudovkin manuscript.

Pudovkin of the floor, talking with the actors.

Figures Attack of the film "Chapaev".

Fragment from the film "Chapaev" (attack).

Figures for the Eisenstein film "Ivan the Terrible."

Eisenstein talks to students.

Newsreel 1950.:

Gerasimov in the film "The Quiet Don".

Working time.

Sergei Jutkiewicz on filming and editing for the film "Stories About Lenin".

Lenin's role performs Maxim Strauch.

Writer Yevgeny Gabrilovich, Alexei Kapler at work.

Meeting scenario association.

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Directed by Leo Kulidzhanov preparing for a new movie about Lenin: studies in the library materials for future production.

Filmmaker Camille Yarmatov talks with artists of the future picture.

Artist Eugene Aeneas with sketches of scenery of the film "Hamlet," which is set in the studio, "thumbnail" director Grigori Kozintsev.

Grigori Kozintsev in shooting the film.

Working time of shooting.

Operator Sergey Urusevsky and director Mikhail Kalatozov working on a film about Cuba.

Leonid Kosmatov operator works with light.

Operator, Professor Anatoly Golovnya engaged with students fighting positions.

The working time of shooting the film "Optimistic Tragedy".

On the set: the operator Monks, director Samsonov, artists Volodin, B. Andreev, V. Tikhonov.

The working time of shooting the film "War and Peace."

Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk with V. Tikhonov.

In the dressing room - actors N. Rumyantsev, E. Bystritskaya, A.Vertinsky, N. Cherkasov (he talks about the makeup - simultaneously).

N. Cherkasov dances as Pat.

Fragment from the film "Baltic Deputy" (talking on the phone with Professor Lenin Professor N. Cherkasov).

Artist Smoktunovsky reads letters from viewers - CU.

Shooting films under artificial rain, ring of fire, under water, in zero gravity.

Excerpts from the film "Striped flight" (shooting the tigers), "Height" (Makarova danced "apple" on the scaffolding - split-screen).

Igor Bessarabov operator with the equipment.

Kinopanorama circular building at ENEA. The audience in the auditorium.

Circular Kinopanorama.

Reel №8

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The building is circular Kinopanorama - LS.

Meeting of cinema with the audience during the film festival.

Speakers: Vladimir Ivashov actors, K. Luchko, directors Zarchi, Don M., I. Pyriev.

On the comedy says J. Ilyinsky (synchronously).

Audience members stand conferences.

At the meeting, party and government leaders with writers and artists playing NS Khrushchev (synchronously).


Caption: "Attention, shooting."

Shooting in the pavilion.

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