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Bed and Sofa (1925-1927)

Cast: Nikolai Batalov, Vladimir Fogel, Nikolai Batalov, more...
Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Abram Room, Nikolai Shpikovsky, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Foreign, Russia, Silent, Comedies, Silent Comedies, Silent Comedy
Languages: English, Russian
Subtitles: English, Russian
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Bed and Sofa/Chess Fever (English Version) (1927)
Russian writer/director Abram Room never again made anything as good--or as highly individual--as his 1927 silent film Bed and Sofa. In this one-of-a-kind satire of the Moscow housing shortage, a married construction worker invites an old pal to stay with him. The friend not only accepts the worker's hospitality, but the favors of his wife as well. Impregnated, the wife tires of being a pawn for two rampaging male libidos and leaves both men, seeking a new life of her own. Bed and Sofa is also known as The Third Meschanskaya. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Bed and Sofa/Chess Fever (Russian Version) (1925)
Though not his first film, Russian director/cinema theorist V. I. Pudovkin's Chess Fever (Shakhmatanya goryachka) was the first to be released. Essentially a comedy, this 2-reel exercise in montage manages to make the game of chess seem thoroughly cinematic. Illustrating his theory that "The foundation of film art is editing", Pudovkin uses apparently unrelated images to fashion a smooth, well-integrated unified whole. He goes so far as to rabbet in shots of legendary chess master Capablanca so that his film will have a "star". Chess Fever was but a prologue for the Pudovkin masterpieces to come: Mother (1926), The End of St. Petersburg (1927) and Storm Over Asia (1928). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

PLEASE NOTE: This disc contains the English version of the films, presented with correct and full English intertitles. If you would like to watch the films with the original Russian titles, please rent Bed and Sofa / Chess Fever - Double Feature (Russian Version).

GreenCine Member Ratings

Bed and Sofa/Chess Fever (English Version) (1927)
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7.46 (13 votes)
Bed and Sofa/Chess Fever (Russian Version) (1925)
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8.57 (7 votes)

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