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Still image from Steppes of Silence.

Date produced: 1926

Filmmaker(s):

S. Winston Childs

Country of Production:

United States

Languages:

English

Length:

400 ft (13 minutes 14 seconds)

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

Yale Film Archive list of titled amateur films

Description:

Amateur film club production that parodies Russian tragedy literature. The story revolves around two warring families, the Yagustynkas and the Chenstohovas, a romance, a religious curse, and murder. Exaggerated intertitles contribute to the film's "burlesque" of Russian culture and literature.

Resources:

Discussed in a report with quotes from S. Winston Childs in "Novel Filming," Amateur Movie Makers, July 1927, 31-32. In the report, Childs remarks on his movie club's intention of "burlesquing a Russian tragedy."

This film is held by the Yale Film Archive.

Club Affiliation:

The Purity Players

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Repository:

Yale Film Archive