The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom

Directed by Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky

Release Year: 1924
Running Time: 112
Color Type: B&W
Country: Russia
Language: Russian [audio]
Genres: Silent
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Cast
Nikolai Tsereteli
Igor Ilinsky
Yulia Solntseva

Crew
Writer Fyodor Otsep
Directed by Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky

Exploding the myth that the Soviet silent cinema was limited to political propaganda, Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky’s THE CIGARETTE GIRL OF MOSSELPROM is a playful romantic comedy set on the streets of 1924 Moscow, occasionally peeking behind the scenes of the Mezhrabpom-Rus Studios.

Yuliya Solntseva stars as a tobacco vendor on the sidewalk outside Moscow’s Mosselprom Trade Center, who must juggle the attentions of three disparate suitors:  a young cameraman, a romantic and slightly zany bookkeeper, and a wealthy American industrialist.

This edition of THE CIGARETTE GIRL OF MOSSELPROM was mastered from 35mm elements restored by the Cinémathèque de Toulouse in 2007, in cooperation with L’Immagine Ritrovata and the Foundation Groupama Gan pour le Cinéma.

Educational Reviews

"Notable for being the most popular Soviet-produced film of the silent era, this is recommended, overall." - Video Librarian