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Life in a Citadel (1947)

Original title: Elu tsitadellis

Based on the play "Life in a Citadel" by August Jakobson

Feature film | Drama | War Duration 85:32

Professor August Miilas has succeeded in hiding in his private house from the war. He thinks this is mainly caused by his complete devotion to science. As August is not interested in anything that is going on outside his citadel, his family members avoid disturbing him. However, the political situation disrupt August's quietude. Right in the middle of his domestic citadel, the professor finds out about dangerous secrets so that he must give up this apolitical attitude and open up for the new reality.

Director: Herbert Rappaport

Keywords: being apolitical | doctors | changing of beliefs | botanist | diversion act | quixotic | Gestapo officer | raid | getting wounded | healing the wounded | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Lenfilm (Russia)
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama, War
Text / Dialogue Estonian, German
Dubbing Russian
Subtitles Russian, German, Finnish, Swedish
Duration 85:32


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Director Herbert Rappaport
Screenwriter Leonid Trauberg
Cinematographer Sergei Ivanov
Art Director Jevgeni Jenei
Costume Designer L. Schildknecht
Composer Eugen Kapp
Sound Designer Leonhard Valter
Editor D. Lander
Writer of Adapted Work August Jakobson
Managing Director Iisak Goldin


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Boriss Dobronravov - Golovin, professor of medical science | Johannes Kaljola - German officer | Meta Luts - Missis Värihein | Oskar Põlla - Berens

First releases

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  • in cinema: 06.11.1947, kino Helios (Oktoober), Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 10.01.1948, USSR
  • at other places: 22.11.1947, Kinomaja, Leningrad, USSR

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm