Grigory Alexandrov

6.8 Jolly Fellows (1934)
6.0 Tsirk/ Circus (1936)
6.5 Volga-Volga (1938)

Grigory Alexandrov, Eisenstein's close friend who had co-written Strike and starred in Battleship Potemkin, and followed Eisenstein in Mexico, returned to the Soviet Union in 1932 and became the Soviet Rene' Clair with a series of musical comedies that turned singer Lyubov Orlova into the first star of Soviet cinema: Vesjolyje Rebjata/ Jolly Fellows (1934), with jazzy skits and hit songs composed by Isaak Dunayevsky, Tsirk/ Circus (1936), Volga-Volga (1938), scripted by Nikolai Erdman and starring Igor Ilyinsky, all photographed by Vladimir Nilsen.

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