Thursday, 21 May 2009

Starevich's The Portrait 1915

Lowry held Gogol in high regard, as shown in a letter to Conrad Aiken in late February 1940, where Lowry used the Russian writer as a benchmark to compare the quality of his own work against in particular Under The Volcano which was still in draft in 1940.

I came across the above film version of the Gogol short story The Portrait while researching films for posts on the Cambridge Film Guild 1929/30 season. The film was directed by Russian filmmaker Vladislav Starevich best remembered as a pioneer of puppet animation.

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