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Quiet Flows the Don (1957)

Tikhiy Don (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 1 January 1960 (USA)
A six-hour long epic (original director's cut) about the life of Don Cossacs in a village in southern Russia between 1912 and 1922. The leading character Grigori Melekhov is a rugged Cossac... See full summary »

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Sergey Gerasimov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pyotr Glebov ... Grigori Melekhov
Elina Bystritskaya ... Aksiniya
Zinaida Kirienko ... Natalya
Daniil Ilchenko ... Panteleimon Prokofyevich Melekhov (as Danilo Ilchenko)
Anastasia Filippova Anastasia Filippova ... Iljinicna (as A. Filippova)
Nikolai Smirnov ... Pyotr Melekhov
Lyudmila Khityaeva ... Dariya Melekhova
Natalya Arkhangelskaya ... Dunyashka (as N. Arkhangelskaya)
Aleksandr Blagovestov Aleksandr Blagovestov ... Stepan Lekatov (as A. Blagovestov)
Igor Dmitriev ... Yevgeni Listnitsky
Aleksandr Shatov ... Listnitsky Father
Boris Novikov ... Mitka Korshunov
Aleksandr Zhukov ... Miron Koshevoy
Gennadi Karyakin ... Mikhail Koshevoy (as G. Karyakin)
Viliam Shatunovsky Viliam Shatunovsky ... Shtokman (as V. Shatunovsky)
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A six-hour long epic (original director's cut) about the life of Don Cossacs in a village in southern Russia between 1912 and 1922. The leading character Grigori Melekhov is a rugged Cossac, who is torn between his first and true love Aksiniya, and his wife Natalya. Grigori Melekhov's personal life is shown as a rough journey through the experience of World War One, the Russian Revolution, and the following Civil War. The Cossacs are shown as traditional farmers and warriors, who are suffering through the most dramatic events in the history of Russia. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Distributed by United Artists at the request of the U.S. Department of State in connection with the cultural exchange agreement with the Soviet Union. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der stille Don See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tikhiy Don was filmed by the similar name novel of Mikhail Sholokhov. See more »

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Featured in Zhizn odna... (1987) See more »

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Great Cossack Epic
28 December 2007 | by jherrSee all my reviews

I would highly recommend this film to anyone that is interested in Cossack history and culture and/or early Soviet history. However, if you don't already have an interest in these areas, you will likely find the films very slow and boring. All three parts take some patience to watch due to their length and pacing, especially the first part which really isn't all that exciting and is more of a soap opera as others have mentioned.

A couple bits of advice for the foreign/western viewer:

1. The first part may not be as exciting as the last two, but it introduces you to all the characters in the film and fleshes out their relations to each other. To get the most out of the parts 2 and 3, it is important to make an effort to put names to faces and note how each character is related to each other.

2. The films were made for audiences that already had some knowledge of Cossacks and this period in history (WWI, Russian revolution, and the civil war). There are scenes that take place in parts 2 and 3 that no background information is given on, and if you are not familiar with the history will be somewhat confusing. It is highly recommended that one do a little reading online on Cossack history during this period before viewing this miniseries. It would also help to have a basic understanding of Russian revolution and subsequent civil war.


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