The Degraded (Разжалованный) is the second film by Alexander Sokurov. It was released in 1980 and is only 30 minutes long.
This film was Sokurov's first feature at Lenfilm
. It was roughly based on a short story by the contemporary Soviet
writer Grigoriy Baklanov
, however Baklanov asked for his name to be removed from the credits because he felt that Sokurov's film deviated too much from his story artistically. The only motif
that was adopted from Baklanov was the transitional period - in this case from power to subordinance.
The main actor, Ilya Rivin, was an amateur and appeared in three further movies by Sokurov.
first film, The Lonely Voice of Man
appears in The Degraded
when the main protagonist
is in a movie theater, even though it was not recognized as existing at that time by the Soviet