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

Wings of a Serf

(Krylya kholopa)

BAMPFA collection print

  • Lecture
  • Portrait of Bruce Loeb
    On Piano

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

Directed by the Belarusian Yuri Tarich, this extraordinary feature set in the sixteenth century was influential in the direction of Sergei 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—especially Leonidov of the Moscow Art Theatre, whom Stanislavsky called “the only Russian tragic actor”—and crew, including cowriter Viktor Shklovsky, assistant director Ivan Pryiev, and film editor Esfir Shub.

  • Yuri Tarich
  • Konstantin Schildkret
  • Viktor Shklovsky
  • Mikhail Vladimirsky
  • Silent
  • with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 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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