Cinema Lumiere - Sala Officinema/Mastroianni > 10:00

Dnevnik Glumova / LE BRASIER ARDENT

Introduced by

Émilie Cauquy (Le Brasier Ardent)

Piano accompaniment by

Maud Nelissen and harp accompaniment by Eduardo Raon (Le Brasier Ardent)

Drum accompaniment by Frank Bockius (Dnevnik Glumova)


Sunday 25/06/2023


Original version with subtitles


Film Notes

Eisenstein shot Dnevnik Glumova in April 1923 for his stage adaptation of Alexander Ostrovskij’s classic comedy Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man at the Proletkult theatre, marking his debut as both theatre and film director. The play ridicules a careerist who flatters his patrons to their faces while ruthlessly mocking them in his diary. When the diary is stolen, a public scandal ensues. Eisenstein transformed Ostrovskij’s play into a modern political farce in which all the characters were depicted as clowns. The dialogue was combined with circus tricks and music-hall songs – and filmed inserts. Glumov’s acerbic diary entries were reimagined in a style reminiscent of Georges Méliès. The prologue (depicting the theft of the diary) parodied adventure films of the time, and the film in general seemed to send up contemporary newsreels and Dziga Vertov’s notion of “film truth”. Ironically, it was Vertov who came to Eisenstein’s aid by sending cameraman Boris Francisson with equipment and film stock. Vertov would subsequently include the film in his Kino-Pravda No. 16 released in May 1923.

Naum Kleiman

Cast and Credits

[Il diario di Glumov]. Sog.: dalla commedia Na vsjakogo mudreca dovol’no prostoty (1868) di Aleksandr Ostrovskij. Scen.: Sergej Ėjzenštejn. F.: Boris Francisson. Int.: Grigorij Aleksandrov, Vera Janukova, Maksim Štrauch, Aleksandr Antonov, Sergej Ėjzenštejn. Prod.: Goskino. DCP. D.: 7’. Bn


Film Notes

One day, at the Colisée movie theatre, I saw Le Brasier ardent directed by Mosjoukine and produced by the brave Alexandre Kamenka of Films Albatros. The audience was yelling and whistling, shocked by this motion picture that was so different from their usual fodder. I was thrilled… I decided to give up my profession in ceramics and set about making films.

Jean Renoir

Certain historians consider Ivan Mosjoukine the first male star in the history of cinema. Born in Kondol in the Saratov Governorate (present-day Penza Oblast in Russia), he abandoned his law studies to pursue acting and received training at the Stanislavski school. Ladislas Starevich (Władysław Starewicz) gives the actor some of his first roles, followed by directors Vasily Goncharov and Evgeni Bauer. The latter allowed Mosjoukine to reveal his powerful character and achieve great restraint in dramatic, satanic, decadent melodramas with sophisticated lighting and scenery. As a member of the Ermolieff company, and under the direction of Yakov Protazanov (Pikovaja dama/The Queen of Spades, Otec Sergij/Father Sergius), Mosjoukine cemented his status as the greatest and most celebrated actor in Russian cinema. After departing his homeland, Mosjoukine valiantly tolerated the use of his recurring image in Lev Kuleshov’s psychological experiment, the Kuleshov Effect, which illustrated the importance of film editing. His exile in Montreuil did not disrupt his career; Mosjoukine rapidly established himself as the most famous French actor in the world, starring in Kean, Le Lion des Mogols and Feu Mathias Pascal under the banner of Films Albatros. In 1924, Jean Tedesco wrote, “It is essential to have seen Sarah Bernhardt die. Tomorrow we will say to those who wish to know the pinnacle of cinema that it is essential to have seen Mosjoukine die.” Le Brasier ardent, which he directed in 1923, takes us on a dreamlike and psychoanalytical delirium which will make audiences regret that he did not direct more films.

Émilie Cauquy

Cast and Credits

Scen.: Ivan Mozžuchin. F.: Joseph-Louis Mundwiller, Nicolas Toporkoff. Scgf.: Alexandre Lochakoff, Edouard Gosch, Boris Bilinsky, Pierre Schildknecht. Int.: Ivan Mozžuchin (Zed), Nathalie Lissenko (la donna), Nicolas Koline (il marito), Camille Bardou (presidente del club dei detective), Huguette Delacroix, François Zellas, Paul Franceschi, Jules de Spoly. Prod.: Alexandre Kamenka per Films Albatros. 35mm. L.: 2199 m. D.: 107’ a 18 f/s. Col. (Desmet)