A group of seminary students from the city drunkenly wander around the countryside during their summer leave. Getting lost, they end up spending the night in the company of a witch. A fight breaks out and one of the students, Khoma, murders the witch. In reality, however, he didn't kill a witch; just the beautiful daughter of a local landowner. Now he has to sit with her body for three days, protecting it from evil spirits.
SILENT WITNESSES (1914):
This pre-Revolution classic depicts the interplay between the servants of a large household and the upper class patrons they serve. In the film's opening, one of the servants wishes to go home to be with her children and Nastya, another servant, agrees to serve in her place. Nastya's grandfather is a porter in the same house. Soon afterwards, the lady of the house goes on a trip, leaving her son Pavel at home. Pavel's engaged to Ellen, but Ellen openly flirts with other men. It isn't long before Nastya and the other servants figure out, that Ellen is having an affair with Baron von Rehren. That revelation will put Nastya and the other servants in a very uncomfortable position.
DVD-R is in Russian with switchable English subtitles and silent, with Russian intertitles and hard-encoded, English subtitles. Approx. 135 mins. total.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SWITCHABLE (SOFT) SUBTITLES WILL NOT SHOW UP WHEN VIEWING THE SAMPLE BELOW. IF YOU SEE SUBTITLES, THEN THEY ARE HARD-ENCODED (meaning, they cannot be turned off when viewing the film):