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The Poet

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The Poet
Poet Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Boris Barnet
Release Date 1957
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nikolay Nikolaevich Tarasov Sergey Dvoretskiy
Nikolay Afanasyevich Tzaryov Nikolay Kryuchkov
Olga Danilova Izolda Izvitskaya
Ekaterina Vasilyevna Tarasova Zoya Fyodorova
Stepan Pyotr Aleynikov
Sergey Vasilyevich Orlovskiy Vsevolod Larionov
Guralnik Iosif Kolin
Sonya Guralnik Olga Vikland

The Poet (Poet) is a Soviet 1957 (filmed 1956) historical drama directed by Boris Barnet. The story is set during the Russian Civil war in a town on Black Sea coast. Two friends, gifted poets have to choose their side in the war: Sergey Orlovskiy (Vsevolod Larionov) becomes White Army officer, while Nikolay Tarasov (Sergey Dvoretskiy) joins Reds and supports their struggle by his poetry.

The following weapons were used in the film The Poet:


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used by both Reds and Whites, notably Red sailor Nikolay Afanasyevich Tzaryov (Nikolay Kryuchkov), Revolutionary Committee (Revcom) activist Olga Danilova (Izolda Izvitskaya), and White Army Poruchik (Lt.) Sergey Vasilyevich Orlovskiy (Vsevolod Larionov) and White Army Col. Andrey Vasilyevich Selivanov (Ivan Koval-Samborsky). The revolvers appear to be of post-1930 version.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
During the confiscation of weapons in the town a gentlewoman surrenders a Nagant and a Cossack shashka (kind of sabre) to a Red Guard.
A Nagant in hand of a White Army officer (Aleksandr Alyoshin) in charge of the convoy, escorting Bolsheviks, sentenced to death.
A Red underground fighter holds a Nagant during the attack on Whites convoy.
Tzaryov, disguised as a townsman, holds a Nagant. In other scenes he carries a Mauser C96 (see below).
Another view of Tzaryov's Nagant.
Said White officer with a Nagant.
Orlovskiy's Nagant on the table.
Olga Danilova with a Nagant in hand.
Olga holds a pair of Nagant, her own and the one of Orlovskiy. Note: Olga with two Nagants is also painted of movie poster.


Mauser C96

Nikolay Tzaryov (Nikolay Kryuchkov) mostly uses a Mauser C96 pistol.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Tzaryov draws his Mauser when he announces that the creative party of poetry is closed.
Tzaryov carries his Mauser in holster. He is in anger, picking up a broken rifle.
The grip of the pistol with lanyard ring is seen.
Tzaryov holds his Mauser and a grenade (see below).
Tzaryov holds his Mauser.
A good view of the pistol in holster.

FN Model 1900

A nickel plated FN Model 1900 pistol is briefly seen in the scene when Red Guards confiscate weapons in the town. According to the story, there must be two pistols, but doubtless it is a single prop reused.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
An aged retired officer surrenders his FN 1900 to a Red Guard.
One of the lodgers of Orlovskiy's prestigious house loweres an FN 1900 and officers' dirk on a rope into hands of Orlovskiy, Sr. (Georgiy Georgiu), former homeowner.
Orlovskiy, Sr. holds the lowered items.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Reds and Whites widely use Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles of Infantry model.

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Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
Red Guard Stepan (Pyotr Aleynikov) carries an M91 rifle without bayonet (in previous moment he had a bayonet on his rifle).
Olga Danilova (Izolda Izvitskaya) carries an M91 rifle.
Stepan reloads.
Displeased Tzaryov (Nikolay Kryuchkov) picks up a rifle that was thrown from the window and broke in two part. Next to him Stepan holds a rifle.
An aged retired officer surrenders a pair of Double Barreled Shotguns and an M91 rifle to a Red Guard who also carries an M91.
Said Red Guard loads the confiscated weapons on a cart.
A White soldier aims his rifle during the attack on Whites convoy.
A pair of rifles is seen on pavement during the attack on Whites convoy.
Reds escort White captives.
Nikolay Tarasov (Sergey Dvoretskiy), now serving in Red Army, carries a rifle in the final scene.

Lebel Mle 1886 M93

Lebel Mle 1886 (most likely M93 modification) rifles are seen in hands of Red sailors and French soldiers.

Lebel Model 1886 - 8x50mmR
Red sailors on ceremonial march. Many of them are armed with Lebel rifles.
Another view of the scene.
A barrel of a Lebel rifle is seen at the left.
A French sentry holds a Lebel rifle with bayonet.
French soldier André (Valentin Gaft) holds a Lebel rifle with bayonet.
Another view of André's rifle.
André escorts Nikolay Tarasov.

Enfield Pattern 14

Red sailors and cavalrymen of Kotovskiy's division carry Enfield Pattern 14 rifles.

Enfield P1914 - .303 British
Red sailors on ceremonial march. The barrel of Enfield P14 with typical front sight is seen at the foreground.
Another view of the scene. Barrels of P14 rifles are seen in center and at the left.
Two P14 rifles are seen in center.
Many of the Red cavalrymen carry P14 rifles.


Double Barreled Shotguns

Several Double Barreled Shotguns are seen when Red Guards confiscate weapons in the town.

TOZ-B, an example of double barreled shotgun with exposed hammers
An aged retired officer surrenders a pair of shotguns and a Mosin Nagant M1891 rifle to a Red Guard.
Barrels of shotguns are seen in the cart at the right.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 machine guns are used by both Reds and Whites.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
White officers with a Maxim during the rebellion in the town.
A Red Guard at the background tows a Maxim. The machine gun is fitted with only lower part of the shield (possibly this piece is broken).
Abandoned Maxims of Whites.
A Maxim on Red tachanka horse cart.

Other Weapons

Dummy Training Grenade

In one scene Nikolay Tzaryov (Nikolay Kryuchkov) holds a hand grenade that appears to be dummy training stick grenade. It stands for RG-14 hand grenade.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
For comparison: RG-14 Russian hand grenade
Tzaryov holds his Mauser C96 and a grenade.

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