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Departure of a Grand Old Man

Departure of a Grand Old Man
(Уход великого старца)
Directed by Yakov Protazanov
Elizaveta Thiman
Produced by Pavell Thiman
Written by Isaak Teneromo
Starring Olga Petrova
Vladimir Shaternikov
Mikhail Tamarov
Elizaveta Thiman
Cinematography Aleksandr Levitsky
Georges Meyer
Release dates 1912
Running time 31 minutes
Country Russian Empire
Language Silent film
Russian intertitles

Departure of a Grand Old Man (Russian: Уход великого старца, translit. Ukhod velikovo startza) is a 1912 Russian silent film about the last days of author Leo Tolstoy. The film was directed by Yakov Protazanov and Elizaveta Thiman, and was actress Olga Petrova's first film.


The film depicts a group of peasants who come to the home of Leo Tolstoy to ask for land. We see the old sage attempting to help the peasants while his wife, Sofia Andreevna, is counting money and quarreling.

Overwhelmed, Tolstoy is driven to the edge of suicide. It ends with Tolstoy on his death bed being visited by Christ. The film was banned because of the negative portrayal of Tolstoy's wife Sofia Tolstaya, who threatened to sue the filmmakers for libel.[1]



  1. ^ Peter Kenez, Cinema and Soviet Society: 1917-1953 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)


  • Kenez, Peter, Cinema and Soviet Society: 1917-1953 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

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