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Amateur Cine World magazine Nov 1935


Another very short and simple page! We read in the December 1955 Amateur Cine World in an article "Cine Broadsheet" by a then rather young budding film historian Kevin Brownlow that the Russian film agency Sovkino had issued in 1933 via it's UK office two 9.5mm classic Russian films.

According to Kevin Brownlow the two films issued on 9.5mm in the UK in 1933 by Sovkino, the Russian film agency, were: "The General Line" and "Battleship Potemkin" both in 5 reels 9.5mm silent. From what Kevin says in that ACW, the film releases were not of fantastic quality - "Sovkino's printing was not very good - 35mm sprocket holes waft several times over scenes in "The General Line", the picture is unsteady and the definition is occasionally poor".

Reading back numbers of the Amateur Cinre World for 1935, I noticed that a company Kino Films of 84 Grays Inn Road, London, W.C.1. (maybe just a 'post resant' address) had begun advertising these Russian Films, but with more titles like "Storm Over Asia" and "Mother", initially just in 16mm, but by October 1935 their advert mentioned that 9.5mm copies could also be supplied - so the list now becomes a little longer!

By the November 1935 Amateur Cine World issue, the Kino Films advert included one more title "The Ghost That Never Returns". Sadly I still don't have further details of these later releases, so we don't really know the actual length of these later titles that were offered.

By the following year the company had become Kino Films (1935) Ltd., but their small ACW advert no longer included the actual film titles - just a request for club secretaries to write for a list and their Kino News bulletin.

Any further information about these releases would be appreciated! (Naturally I would also be interested in buying copies!)


©GLN '96                     INTERNATIONAL  9.5  FILM  CATALOGUE  -  NUMERIC  ORDER  LISTING           10/06/2004
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 9.5mm Number  9.5mm Film Title       Class.               Issue-Delete    Original Film Title         Date

 5 SB(SK)   BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN       Drama    B/W Silent     33-     :POTEMKIN                       ??/??/25 RUS
 5 SB(SK)   GENERAL LINE (THE)        Drama    B/W Silent     33-     :GENERAL LINE (THE)             ??/??/29 RUS
 5 SB(SK)   GHOST THAT NEVER RETURNS (THE)     B/W Silent     35-     :GHOST THAT NEVER RETURNS (THE) 15/03/30 RUS
 ? SB(SK)   MOTHER                    Drama    B/W Silent     35-     :MOTHER                         ??/??/26 RUS
 ? SB(SK)   NEW BABYLON               Drama    B/W Silent     35-     :NEW BABYLON                    ??/??/29 RUS
 ? SB(SK)   OCTOBER                   Drama    B/W Silent     35-     :OCTOBER                        ??/??/28 RUS
 ? SB(SK)   STORM OVER ASIA           Drama    B/W Silent     35-     :STORM OVER ASIA                ??/??/28 RUS
 ? SB(SK)   

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Original Soviet release film poster

Battleship Potemkin, sometimes rendered as Battleship Potyomkin, is a 1925 Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian Battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers Battleship Potemkin was named the greatest film of all time at the Brusseles World's Fair in 1958 Original running time: 75 minutes.

The General Line, also known as Old and New (Russian: ?????? ? ?????, translit. Staroye i novoye), is a 1929 Soviet film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov. The General Line was begun in 1927 as a celebration of the collectivization of agriculture, as championed by old-line Bolshevik Leon Trotsky. Running time 121 minutes.

The Ghost That Never Returns (1930) is a Soviet made part-sound drama film also known as Prividenie, kotoroe ne vozvrashchaetsya. It was directed by Abram Room based on a novel by Henn Barbusse. Running time 67 mins. In an unknown South American country, a prison warden plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with an escaped prisoner.

.Mother (Russian: ????, Mat) is a 1926 Soviet film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin depicting one woman's struggle against Tsarist rule during the Russian Revolution. Original running time: 90 minutes.

October: Ten Days That Shook the World (Russian: ??????? (?????? ????, ??????? ???????? ???); translit:. Oktyabr': Desyat' dney kotorye potryasli mir) is a 1928 Soviet silent historical film by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov. It is a celebratory dramatization of the 1917 October Revolution commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the event. Originally released as October in the Soviet Union, the film was re-edited and released internationally as Ten Days That Shook The World, after John Reed's popular book on the Revolution. In U.S. released by Amkino Corporation and First National (later was a subsidiary of Warner Bros) Running time: 104 minutes. .


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