Resurrection (1931)

81 mins | Drama | 2 February 1931

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HISTORY

According to an MPH news item, Universal originally planned to "roadshow" this film on Broadway in New York. A NYT article indicated that Carl Laemmle consulted film critics for their opinion of the film's title after Universal planned on changing the original title. The critics responded in favor of the original title. Background footage appearing in this film of the Hood River Valley near Portland, OR, was shot by Gregg Toland. Universal also produced a Spanish-language version, Resurrección , which was directed by Edwin Carewe and starred Lupe Vélez and Gilbert Roland. Carewe also directed a 1927 film based on Tolstoy's novel for United Artists, starring Rod La Rocque and Dolores Del Rio. Among other film versions of Tolstoy's novel are a 1909 one-reel film produced by Biograph Co., titled Resurrection , directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Florence Lawrence; a 1915 Fox film entitled A Woman's Resurrection , directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starring Betty Nansen and William J. Kelly; a 1918 Famous Players-Lasky film entitled Resurrection , directed by Edward José and starring Pauline Frederick and Robert Elliott; a 1934 film entitled We Live Again , directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Anna Sten and Fredric March; and a two-part Mosfilm production, entitled Voskresenie , directed by Mikhail Chveitser, starring Tamara Skomina, which was released in Europe in 1960 and 1962, and in the United States (as Resurrection ) in ... More Less

According to an MPH news item, Universal originally planned to "roadshow" this film on Broadway in New York. A NYT article indicated that Carl Laemmle consulted film critics for their opinion of the film's title after Universal planned on changing the original title. The critics responded in favor of the original title. Background footage appearing in this film of the Hood River Valley near Portland, OR, was shot by Gregg Toland. Universal also produced a Spanish-language version, Resurrección , which was directed by Edwin Carewe and starred Lupe Vélez and Gilbert Roland. Carewe also directed a 1927 film based on Tolstoy's novel for United Artists, starring Rod La Rocque and Dolores Del Rio. Among other film versions of Tolstoy's novel are a 1909 one-reel film produced by Biograph Co., titled Resurrection , directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Florence Lawrence; a 1915 Fox film entitled A Woman's Resurrection , directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starring Betty Nansen and William J. Kelly; a 1918 Famous Players-Lasky film entitled Resurrection , directed by Edward José and starring Pauline Frederick and Robert Elliott; a 1934 film entitled We Live Again , directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Anna Sten and Fredric March; and a two-part Mosfilm production, entitled Voskresenie , directed by Mikhail Chveitser, starring Tamara Skomina, which was released in Europe in 1960 and 1962, and in the United States (as Resurrection ) in 1963. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Cinl
1 Apr 31
p. 32.
Daily Variety
11 May 31
p. 2.
Film Daily
25 Jan 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 30
p. 2
Motion Picture Herald
10 Jan 31
p. 47
Motion Picture Herald
17 Jan 31
p. 58.
New York Times
24 Jan 31
p. 15.
New York Times
6 Dec 31
p. 5.
New York Times
21-Feb-32
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Variety
28 Jan 31
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Resurrección
Release Date:
2 February 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 27 Jan 1931
Production Date:
24 Sep--6 Nov 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 January 1931
Copyright Number:
LP1918
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81
Length(in feet):
6,957
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Russian Prince Dmitri Ivanovitch Nekhludof falls in love with his aunts' ward, Katusha Maslova, while visiting their farm in the Ural Mountains. Katusha returns his love, but he is called to St. Petersburg to join the army, and becomes a changed man. On his way to fight in the war against Turkey, Dmitri's regiment stops over at his aunts' farm. Military life has roughened Dmitri's temperament, and that night he rapes Katusha. Katusha becomes pregnant and is thrown out of the household because of her "indiscretion." Her child is stillborn, and out of desperation, Katusha turns to prostitution to survive. One year later, Katusha is accused of murder, and Dmitri serves on the jury at her trial. He is shocked to see her dissipation, but his plea on her behalf fails to sway his fellow jurors, and Katusha is exiled to Siberia. Dmitri visits her in prison, but she is drunk and solicits him. Dmitri is so horrified that his actions have so denigrated the woman he once loved that he sells everything he owns and follows the train carrying convicts into Siberia. After the train journey ends, the prisoners continue on foot across the frozen land, and although Katusha tells Dmitri to return to civilization, he stays with her. Dmitri finally gets a pardon for Katusha at a Siberian station and proposes to her. She does not respond immediately, but tells him if she stays at the station in the morning, she will marry him. In the morning, Katusha clearly rejects his proposal as she joins the other prisoners on their march to their ... +


Russian Prince Dmitri Ivanovitch Nekhludof falls in love with his aunts' ward, Katusha Maslova, while visiting their farm in the Ural Mountains. Katusha returns his love, but he is called to St. Petersburg to join the army, and becomes a changed man. On his way to fight in the war against Turkey, Dmitri's regiment stops over at his aunts' farm. Military life has roughened Dmitri's temperament, and that night he rapes Katusha. Katusha becomes pregnant and is thrown out of the household because of her "indiscretion." Her child is stillborn, and out of desperation, Katusha turns to prostitution to survive. One year later, Katusha is accused of murder, and Dmitri serves on the jury at her trial. He is shocked to see her dissipation, but his plea on her behalf fails to sway his fellow jurors, and Katusha is exiled to Siberia. Dmitri visits her in prison, but she is drunk and solicits him. Dmitri is so horrified that his actions have so denigrated the woman he once loved that he sells everything he owns and follows the train carrying convicts into Siberia. After the train journey ends, the prisoners continue on foot across the frozen land, and although Katusha tells Dmitri to return to civilization, he stays with her. Dmitri finally gets a pardon for Katusha at a Siberian station and proposes to her. She does not respond immediately, but tells him if she stays at the station in the morning, she will marry him. In the morning, Katusha clearly rejects his proposal as she joins the other prisoners on their march to their destiny. +

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