A Life for a Life

(Zhizn za zhizn)
(Her Sister’s Rival)

  • Lecture

    Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.

  • Portrait of Bruce Loeb
    On Piano

Olga Rakhmanova, Liliya Koreneva, Vera Kholodnaya, Vitold Polonskii,

A great yet little-known talent of silent cinema, the theater director and photographer-turned-filmmaker Evgenii Bauer was much in demand for his opulent set designs and subtly lit compositions. Praised as “an artistic treasure” during its release, and starring the incomparable Russian diva Vera Kholodnaya, A Life for a Life follows a wealthy matriarch, her two daughters (one adopted), a merchant, and a dashing yet irresponsible prince as they juggle fate, family, love, and funding. Emblematic of the “salon psychology” dramas of the era, it still captures the eye, thanks to Bauer’s flair for lighting and design.

Jason Sanders
  • Evgenii Bauer
Based On
  • the novel Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet

  • Boris Zavelev
  • Silent
  • Russian intertitles with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • Digital
  • Silent
  • 60 mins
  • Milestone Films