• still of crowd on horseback from Yuri Tarich's film Wings of a Serf



Ivan IV, Czar of Russia, 1533-1584 -- Drama, Russia -- Kings and rulers -- Drama

Wings of a Serf

(Krylya kholopa)
(Die Flugel des Sklaven), (Iwan der Schreckliche)

BAMPFA collection print

  • Lecture
  • Portrait of Bruce Loeb
    On Piano

Leonoid Leonidov, Ivan Klyukvin, Safiyat Askarova, Vladimir Korsh,

A highlight of BAMPFA’s recent program of excerpts, Out of the Vault: Sergei Eisenstein and His Contemporaries, Wings of a Serf  will be shown in its entirety as an added screening in our spring In Focus series. Directed by the Belarusian Yuri Tarich, this extraordinary Soviet silent feature set in the sixteenth century was influential in the direction of Eisenstein’s two-part Ivan the Terrible (1944–46). As film historian Jay Leyda has written, “Wings of a Serf (shown abroad as Ivan the Terrible) is a drama of the time of Ivan IV: the unhappy fate of a serf who is so unwisely clever as to invent an apparatus for flying through the air. Yet when this story leaves the memory, what stays is the extraordinary portrait of Ivan, as played by Leonid Leonidov.” The lasting quality of the film may lie in the composition of the cast and crew, including Viktor Shklovsky as cowriter, Tarich’s assistant director Ivan Pryiev, and film editor Esfir Shub.

Susan Oxtoby
  • Yuri Tarich
  • K. Schildkroet
  • Viktor Shklovsky
  • Mikhail Vladimirsky
  • Silent
  • with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • Silent
  • 72 mins

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Soviet silent cinema : Czar Ivan the Terrible or Wings of a serf (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1975

The Soviet film : Wings of a serf (Krylya Kholopa) (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1969

Wings of a serf (Ivan the Terrible) U.S.S.R. 1926 (program note)

Krylia kholopa / Ivan le terrible ou Les alles du serf (program note)

Ivan the Terrible - 1926 - Russian (manuscript)

Wings of the serf (program note)

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