Pyška

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Pyška

Fettklößchen

Michail Romm
UdSSR, 1934
67min, stumm, ZTmdU

Bild: Cinémathèque suisse

Pyška

Michail Romm
UdSSR, 1934
, 67min, stumm, ZTmdU

Cast: 
Galina Sergeeva
Mlle. Elizabeth Rousset als «Boule-de-suif»
Andrej Fajt
Prussian Officer
Faina Ranevskaja
Mme. Loiseau
Anatolij Gorjunov
Louiseau
Tat’jana Okunevskaja
Mme Carre-Lamadon
Screenplay: 
Michail Romm
Sound: 
A. Bertner
Iosif Shpinel
Camera: 
Boris Volcek
Editor: 
Mikhail Chulaki

Production: 
Mosfilm
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

PYSHKA, adapted from “Boule de Suif ”, tells the story of a party of respectable citizens hastily leaving Rouen as the Prussians occupy the place. When they pick up an additional passenger, ‘Boule de Suif ’, (‘Ball of lard’) a plump prostitute, they soon overcome their social and moral scruples and accept offerings from her well-packed hamper of food. It’s a pretty dark story, in keeping with Maupassant’s cynical, despairing sensibility, and well served by Michail Romm’s casting and mise-en-scène. Of course, even though it’s a 19th-century period drama, it serves the purposes of the USSR by portraying capitalist Europeans in a very unsympathetic light. And indeed, acerbic as they are, the social observations are quite truthful. Too bad Maupassant never got a chance to write about the Soviet Union. (David Cairns)

On the piano: Gerhard Gruber