Mykola Shpykovskyi

7.0 Khlib/ Bread (1929)
7.0 Shkurnyk/ Self-Seeker (1929)

Mykola Shpykovskyi debuted with a film co-directed with the short Shakhmatnaya Goryachka/ Chess Fever (1925), a collaboration with Vsevolod Pudovkin. He then directed the satirical comedies Chashka Chaya/ A Cup of Tea (1927) and Try Kimnaty z Kukhneyu/ Three Rooms with a Kitchen (1928), based on Vladimir Mayakovsky’s script "Kak Pozhyvayete?/ How Are You?", one of the ten scripts that the poet wrote for Ukrainian cinema and one of the three that were actually made into films.

The farcical and caricatural road-movie Shkurnyk/ The Self-Seeker (1929), that poked fun at Bolshevik patriotism, was not shown until the 1990s.

He made ammend with Khlib/ Bread (1929), in theory a film about collectivization, artistically photographed by Oleksii Pankratiev, competed with Dovzhenko’s Zemlya/ Earth as a work of art that has the landscape as protagonist and whose mood is almost apocalyptic. Nonetheless, the film was banned.

He still made the propaganda movie Hegemon (1931), also disparaged by the authorities, and finally retired from directing. -->

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