Films by Friedrich Ermler | Chicago Reader

Films by Friedrich Ermler

Two rare silent dramas from the Soviet Union, set during the early years of the communist state. House in the Snow Drifts (1927, 43 min.) centers on the residents of a crowded Leningrad apartment building (a man who swindles a boy out of his wages, a musician who feels superior to the others). Katka's Reinette Apples (1926, 73 min.), codirected by Edouard Ioganson, takes place during Lenin's New Economic Policy, which injected a measure of capitalism into the Soviet economy. A country girl sells apples on the street, hoping to earn enough to buy a cow; seduced and abandoned by a swindler, she takes in a bumbling “intellectual” (Fyodor Nikitin in an appealing performance).

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