Before Eisenstein, Vertov, and Pudovkin captured the attention of the world with a new and exciting approach to filmmaking, Soviet filmmaker Yakov Protazanov forged an impressive career with more traditional fodder. His prolific film career began at the very beginning of the Soviet film industry. He started as an actor in 1905, but by 1909 he had moved to the director's chair. Between 1909 and 1917, he directed 40 films, many of which were grand-scale historical epics, literary adaptations, tear-jerkers, and other escapist fare.
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