Lieutenant Kizhe (1934)

12/09/1934 (US) Comedy 1h 22m


A sarcastic comedy about the Russian-Soviet bureaucracy, based on the eponymous novella by Yuri Tynyanov. Set in the reign of Emperor Paul I. A copying error by a military scribe turns the Russian words for "the lieutenants, however" into what looks like "lieutenant Kizhe". The Tsar reads the error, and wants to meet this (non-existent) Lieutenant Kizhe. His courtiers are at first too frightened to contradict the Tsar, but then the fiction turns out to be all too convenient for them. So Lieutenant Kizhe gets himself exiled to Siberia, recalled from exile, promoted, and married. He dies and receives a state funeral. In many ways, he is the most charming and lovable character in the film, even though he remains throughout the film a "confidential person, without a shape".

  1. Alexandr Faintsimmer


  2. Yuri Tynyanov


Top Billed Cast

  1. Mikhail Yanshin

    Mikhail Yanshin

    Tsar Pavel I

  2. Boris Gorin-Goryainov

    Count von Pahlen

  3. Nina Shaternikova

    Princess Gagarina

  4. Sofiya Magarill

    Sofiya Magarill

    Princess Gagarina's companion

  5. Erast Garin

    Erast Garin


  6. Mikhail Rostovtsev

    Mikhail Rostovtsev

    Fortress commandant

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Lieutenant Kizhe

Original Title Поручик Киже

Status Released

Original Language Russian

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