7.0 Khlib/ Bread (1929)
7.0 Shkurnyk/ Self-Seeker (1929)
Mykola Shpykovskyi debuted with a film co-directed with
Shakhmatnaya Goryachka/ Chess Fever (1925), a collaboration with
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. -->