Marianna is a poor, but decent girl, who works as a reader for the millionaire Dymov. The girl has an artistic talent and concern for the Arts, and it is precisely for these reasons that Dymov hired her to read books to him. Unfortunately, Dymov has a son, whose morality is a bit more than questionable. In a Russian-style version of Faust, the young man will use his wealth to seduce the innocent girl, who, unbeknownst to him, has a fiancee (Sergei). Ultimately, the promise of wealth overrides Marianna's pure heart and innocent soul and the consequences are predictable.
BE SILENT, MY SORROW, BE SILENT (1918)
Pyotr Chardynin, a circus performer, is crippled at work. With no form of workers' compensation or welfare available, he tries to earn his keep playing violin on the street. His young wife, Vera, tires of unending poverty and becomes the mistress of a wealthy man. The wealthy man's brother, always in debt because of gambling losses, not only sponges off his richer brother to cover his debts, but seduces Vera.
DVD-R has Russian intertitles with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 119 min. (58 min. + 61 min). See film samples for audio and video quality!