see url Ferrying the river Irtych, Strogoff and Nadia are attacked by Tartars. Nadia is captured, and Strogoff, wounded, drifts to the river bank. A mujik rescues him. At Omsk the Tartars prepare their attack. Strogoff is recognised by his mother and has to deny he is her son. They are observed, and she is arrested and taken before Ogareff while he escapes by horse. Strogoff reaches a telegraph office at Kolyvan where Blount and Jolivet are sending off despatches. The Tartars attack, and he is captured and his horse killed. Marfa Strogoff and Nadia meet as prisoners, and Ogareff commands that Marfa be flogged till she points out her son, the Courier.
But Strogoff saves her, strikes Ogareff whom he recognises as the man at Ishim, and is taken before the Emir Feofar Khan for judgment. His message having been seized, he is blinded by the blade of a red-hot sabre passed before his eyes. Nadia and Strogoff toil on towards Irkutsk while Ogareff is accepted as the Courier on delivering the message at the Governor's Palace.
Beneath the ramparts of Irkutsk, the Tartars await the signal to attack, arranged by the traitor in the Palace. Naptha from the burst reservoirs is floated down the river and fired. In the confusion, Nadia and Strogoff enter the Palace and, meeting Ogareff face to face in fair fight, Strogoff kills him after explaining how the tears in his eyes upon beholding his mother's face for the last time saved his sight.
Ogareff's scheme of betrayal from within is thus foiled, and the Russians gain a notable victory and save their city. In Moscow, Strogoff is suitably decorated by the Czar, and, with full ceremony in Irkutsk Cathedral, he and Nadia are married, the Press being represented at this function by Blount and Jolivet.
This narrative, whose content of action verbs as against speech and thoughts will create a favourable impression at once, differs from "textbook" construction i. Verne used the fact of Strogoff not being blind after all as his climax, just as in Around the World in 80 Days he used the fact of Phineas Fogg being in time after all. However, in Film an explanation cannot be a climax, and wisely we are shown finally the beautifully happy ceremony of marriage in the Cathedral, which only occupies a paragraph in the book, the fight with Ogareff coming within six pages of the end.
The famous names connected with the film are Mosjoukine, the Star, and Tourjanski, the Director, and, to a minor degree, Nathalie Kovanko, who played many silent leads and starred in a talkie, Tourjanksi's Volga in Flames. His French films, of which the most famous apart from Michael Strogoff are Kean by Volkov, and The Late Matthew Pascal by Marcel l'Herbier though by different directors were obviously largely controlled in the direction and acting by Mosjoukine himself, who had also directed in his earlier days.
One only has to compare these films to note the star's favourite gestures and groupings. Much the same applied, of course, to the American stars, but in fairness to Mosjoukine, it must be said that he avoided scene-stealing with the resultant dramatic unbalance often noticed in American Stellar Vehicles and that his acting was always very good and often excellent.
Adventure drama, preferably with a role calling for varying make-up, always attracted him. Thus, in Michael Strogoff , he has three guises. He proceeded to America in , appeared in one film Surrender then returned to Europe via Berlin where he made The President to fulfill his contract with Universal - a strangely un-American film, strong, Mosjoukineish, and having a leading part calling for contrasting characterisations.
Tourjanksi made several spectacular films in France, and is remembered particularly for the German-produced Volga, Volga , with Lilian Hall-Davis and Hans von Schlettow. Both of these men are associated with essentially virile films, creating strong characters and setting them in dramatic situations. They were also extremely competent and experienced in film technique, Mosjoukine in particular having dabbled successfully in highbrow films of which he himself had written the scenarios. Hence we expect to find in Michael Strogoff passages of brilliance comparable with the finest in Vaudeville and Pitz Palu.
The film is further notable in its almost complete avoidance of the semi-static pageantry which was a feature of French large-scale silent films and was caused by their directors' lack of real feeling for cinematic action-movement of the players. As Paul Rotha wrote, referring to some of the above, "Although pictorially the big realizations seldom fail to please, their paucity of action often renders them depressing. More impressive is the straight long shot of the magnificent ball room.
The Czar is introduced by title and mid shot. Two men are next shown in the gallery, each with a tracking close-up - one up to a big C. They see and hear a General approach the Czar with news of the Tartar rising. This is well done but rather too subtle in the abridged version, though a faithful copy of the book.
Next, by visiting cards, Jolivet and Blount are introduced. A finely-lit long shot shows General Kissoff with the Czar in his room. Titles explain the threat to Irkutsk of the traitor Ivan Ogareff and the Tartar Feofar Khan, and, since the safety of Irkutsk is desperately important, a Courier is summoned. The Czar leans over a map, his finger on Irkutsk.
Please enter your User Name, email ID and a password to register. It explodes outside partly wrecking the office a crisp piece of cutting. Music Text in French. On his way to Irkutsk, Strogoff meets Nadia Fedor, daughter of an exiled political prisoner, Basil Fedor, who has been granted permission to join her father at his exile in Irkutsk, the English war correspondent Harry Blount of the Daily Telegraph and Alcide Jolivet, a Frenchman reporting for his 'cousin Madeleine'. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
His thoughts run on the menacing Tartars. Then spacious long shots show a Tartar horde riding down a peaceful Russian village leaving their marks of murder, rape and pillage. Intercut are close-ups of the Czar, shot with pale-fringed vignette. The sequence is worked up as the noise of the band and the dancers stir up the troubled rhythm of his thoughts, but the mechanics of the cutting are obtrusive which weakens the effect. In long-shot, the dance ends. In mid-shot, with titles, Blount and Jolivet decide to follow the Tartar revolt in Siberia.
Michael Strogoff is impressively introduced as he enters the Czar's room, and titles explain his mission. His rather dandy make-up is, of course, to offset his later toughness and is merely a pleasurable prologue to a struggle as far as his fans are concerned.
His uniform and bearing are beyond reproach. He strides out and away in a long shot with immense depth of focus and a nice effect of light streaming in through the huge doors: fade out. On a small paddle steamer on the Volga the reporters reappear, and Strogoff now the standard Ivan Mosjoukine, clean shaven , travels incognito as Nicolas Korpanoff - and has met Nadia, also en route to Irkutsk to rejoin her exiled father. A series of mixes culminate in C.
Ogareff is introduced. He is posing as one of the troupe in an act with a performing bear. Then, seated on the deck, Michael and Nadia overhear a conversation between them. The wording comes literally from the book "It is said that a courier has set out from the Czar for Irkutsk. The coincidence of the overhearing is glossed over satisfactorily. A title introduces the Posthouse at Ishim, Siberia. A traveler drives up, demands horses, and is told they are already booked. He enters, and in long shot within we see him come - Strogoff, Nadia, Blount and Jolivet being present.
Then, terse and brilliant in every phase of filmcraft:. The postmaster indicates who has booked the horses b. Strogoff moves slightly forward c. Man stares, turns to postmaster Blount in background. Nadia looks from postmaster to man, apprehensively e. Strogoff replies h. Man strikes him with whip j. Nadia is horrified k. Strogoff stares without speaking, at l. Strogoff calmly shakes his head, says o. Nadia looks at him q. Blount, Jolivet, and the Man stride from the room r.
Nadia thinks. She sits down by Michael, says v. He looks up x. She smiles down at him y. He gets up, his bearing restored z. The tautness, the concise dramatic narrative-content of the shots is clear from the scenario. Prominent among the touches of finesse in their direction, photography, acting, and montage are: Blount's natural entry, background of a. Nadia becomes at the apex of a triangular composition - and the perfectly timed cut, after the blow, to Nadia's reaction close-up j.
Neither cold or heat or mountains or rivers,not to mention the rebels, can stop Strogoff. The courier makes The Terminator look like a wimp! Tortured after being captured,half starved this human machine keeps on ticking. Will he free himself from confinement and arrive at his destination in time? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Julio Verne siempre ha sido de mis autores favoritos desde entonces. Sep 15, Yigal Zur rated it really liked it. In the series of Extraordinary Journeys written by Jules Verne, there are some that introduce important scientific advances, such as "20, Leagues," "From the Earth to the Moon," or "Journey to the Center of the Earth", so these books can be classified as science fiction, a genre in which Jules Verne was one of the precursors.
However, the theme of the series is not science fiction, but extraordinary journeys. Foi com muita alegria que o encontrei na biblioteca. Apesar de ter gostado bastante dos anteriores, este supera-os, a meu ver.
Pelo caminho, Miguel vai encontrando companheiros que o ajudam no percurso, tentando sempre manter a sua nova identidade. Encontra, nomeadamente, uma jovem rapariga de nome Nadia Orlik, que se torna numa poderosa ajudante. Parece que estamos com as personagens. A nice straightforward adventure novel, as Michael on a mission for the Czar has to basically travel from one end of Russia to the other before a traitor can give the enemy armies vital information.
Michael is stoic to the point of having one facial expression, but he is determined, manly and good to his mother. His love interest is treated as a bit of a damsel, but proves to be every bit as tough as her boyfriend. What keeps this book from sinking under it's own weight is the two bickering report A nice straightforward adventure novel, as Michael on a mission for the Czar has to basically travel from one end of Russia to the other before a traitor can give the enemy armies vital information. What keeps this book from sinking under it's own weight is the two bickering reporters who keep showing up.
Their rivalry and remarks to each other are quite funny and they act as a sort of Greek Chorus at times, filling in plot points. Not one of Verne's best, but still a fun read. Who knew that Jules Verne also wrote historical fiction?!? I just found this out when I stumbled over this fabulous book. If you are a Jules Verne fan then you will enjoy this character driven book that gives lots of information on the cultures of people living in Russia during the time of the Tzars. Pero al final, entretiene. Dec 16, Tony rated it liked it Shelves: When the telegraph line is cut between Moscow and Irkutz, the Czar looks for another way to get an urgent message to his brother, the Grand Duke, alerting him about enemy actions threatening his territory.
This was the time of the Tartar Rebellion — the invasion of Siberia by the Asiatic hordes. He picks a man who comes highly recommended — Michael Strogoff — a man originally from Siberia who knows the territory and is not afraid of the dangers he knows face him to reach the Duke. Strogoff is an early super hero. Think of a Russian Rambo with the loyalty of a saint and you have a good idea of who he is.
As he makes his way to Irkutz with his special message, he encounters all kinds of danger that he must overcome, including running into an evil traitor who wants to get to Irkutz before him and foil his attempts at warning the Duke. Verne must have had a map of Siberia in front of him as he penned this book because he invests each town on the way with its own special set of dangers for our hero.
The whole point of his novel was to keep his readers turning pages to see how our hero gets out of the last mess that he was thrown into.
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Moscou - Irkoutsk. Suivi de Un drame au Mexique. Nuova edizione New Edition. Leather Bound. Reprinted in with the help of original edition published long back . We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure so we brought it back to the shelves.
Paris: J. Spine and print on spine are fresh and bright.. Near Fine. Each volume signed by Michel de l'Ormeraie at colophon! Two volumes, hardcovers with decorative cloth boards, , octavo, pp. Books near fine with mild rubbing, bindings tight, texts clean bright and unmarked with handsome gilt to edges of text block. No DJs. Originally published by Jules Hetzel.
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French text. No date, c. Bibliotheque d'Education et de Recreation edition. Very Good. Any type of Customisation is possible. Michel Strogoff: Moscou-Irkoutsk. Published by Librairie Hachette, Paris Hard back binding in publisher's original light green cloth covers, gilt lettering to the spine [oxidised] and the upper panel. French text, decorated end papers, monochrome illustrations throughout.