ⓘ The Diplomatic Pouch is a 1927 Soviet silent thriller film directed by Alexander Dovzhenko. The first two parts of the film are lost. ..

The Diplomatic Pouch

ⓘ The Diplomatic Pouch

The Diplomatic Pouch is a 1927 Soviet silent thriller film directed by Alexander Dovzhenko. The first two parts of the film are lost.


1. Plot

The films plot is based on the real murder of the Soviet diplomatic courier Theodor Nette abroad. The pouch of the Soviet diplomat, which is stolen by British spies, is taken away by the sailors of a ship sailing to Leningrad who deliver it to the authorities. The intelligence agents make every effort to retrieve the bag.


2. Production

Dovzhenko was invited to stage the film because of his knowledge of the diplomatic sphere; he also used to work as a diplomatic courier. Under the influence of the German cinema school, he fills the movie with cliches borrowed from German crime fiction: a brawl in the compartment of an international express train and on its steps, a fight on the deck of the ship, a steamer pursuing the boat, and so on. Many of the genres stock characters appear: spies, prostitutes, police agents, visitors of port pubs, and jazz bands.

At this time, cinematographer Nikolai Kozlovsky introduces Dovzhenko to cropping techniques. The film features images with a lot of unusual angles, night shooting and expressionistic effects using optical prisms.

Dovzhenko appears on screen, for the only time in his career, as a ships stoker. In the film there is a scene where inspector White offers money to the stoker, who throws it back into his face. A very similar thing happened in Dovzhenkos life: once a man came to him for an appointment at work, who wanted monetary help because he suffered under the Bolsheviks. He even had with him a letter of recommendation written by the Empress Maria Feodorovna. After reading, Dovzhenko "neatly folded the sheets and threw them in the face of the degenerate", then banged his fist on the table and screamed.


3. Reception

"The Diplomatic Pouch" was made with high production values at the level typical of 1920s adventure films. It was well received by the audience, who watched it with pleasure and the film was in the cinemas for a long time and was also shown abroad. But Dovzhenko had not yet found his signature style; he called the film "a pathetic attempt at writing."


4. Cast

  • Ivan Kapralov as Ralph
  • Sergei Minin as Inspector White
  • Dmytro Kapka as Passenger
  • Boris Zagorsky as Spy
  • Ida Penzo as Helen Viskovska
  • Heorhii Zelondzhev-Shypov as nd. Diplomatic Courier
  • A. Klymenko as First Diplomatic Courier
  • H. Skoretskyi as Harry
  • Aleksandr Dovzhenko as Stoker
  • Konstantin Eggert as Sailor-Boxer
  • V. Komaretskyi as Captain of Ship Victoria
  • M. Buyukli as Embassy Secretary
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