The Grasshopper

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1955
  • Running time: 91 min
The Grasshopper (Russian: Попрыгунья, translit. Poprygunya) is a 1955 Soviet drama film directed by Samson Samsonov based on a short story of the same title by Anton Chekhov. It was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Film in 1957. The lead character... read more

The Grasshopper (Russian: Попрыгунья, translit. Poprygunya) is a 1955 Soviet drama film directed by Samson Samsonov based on a short story of the same title by Anton Chekhov. It was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Film in 1957. The lead character is said to be based on Sofia Kuvshinnikova who although married to another was until 1890 living with the painter Isaac Levitan in the town of Plyos where Sofia was improving her painting skills. Chekhov wrote The Grasshopper shortly after this time when the couple had returned. Chekhov was a close friend of Sofia's and may have had strong affections for her. The story was a way of criticizing her betrayal, both of him and her innocent husband, and created a small scandal. According to the memoirs of Chekhov's brother, Mikhail, the situation almost led to a duel with Levitan, but it was avoided thanks to the intercession of a mutual friend, Tatiana Shchepkina-Kupernik.

Original Release

06/10/1955

Cast

Lyudmila Tselikovskaya Olga Ivanovna Dymova
Sergey Bondarchuk Dr. Osip Stepanovich Dymov
Vladimir Druzhnikov Ryabovsky
Evgeniy Teterin Dr. Fedor Lukich Korostylev
Anatoli Aleksin (as A. Aleksin)
Anatoliy Bobrovskiy drug Olgi (as A. Bobrovskiy)
Vasili Bokarev Bryndin (as V. Bokarev)
Georgi Georgiu Uzdechkin (as G. Georgiu)
Mikhail Gluzskiy Burkin (as M. Gluzskiy)
Vladimir Gusev
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Samson Samsonov

Writers

Anton Chekhov, Samson Samsonov

Cast

Lyudmila Tselikovskaya Olga Ivanovna Dymova
Sergey Bondarchuk Dr. Osip Stepanovich Dymov
Vladimir Druzhnikov Ryabovsky
Evgeniy Teterin Dr. Fedor Lukich Korostylev
Anatoli Aleksin (as A. Aleksin)
Anatoliy Bobrovskiy drug Olgi (as A. Bobrovskiy)
Vasili Bokarev Bryndin (as V. Bokarev)
Georgi Georgiu Uzdechkin (as G. Georgiu)
Mikhail Gluzskiy Burkin (as M. Gluzskiy)
Vladimir Gusev
Aleksei Kelberer Podgorin (as A. Kelberer)
Sergei Komarov Vasiliy Vasilyevich (as S. Komarov)
Yuri Leonidov skulptor Zhmukhin (as Yu. Leonidov)
Aleksey Maksimov
Yelena Maksimova krestyanka iz Glukhova (as Ye. Maksimova)
G. Marmeladov
Irina Miroshnichenko (as T. Miroshnichenko)
Kostya Popov Zabolevskiy malchik
Gleb Romanov Aleksis (as G. Romanov)
V. Tiunova Krestyanka

Producers

Editors

Esfir Tobak

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