|Departure of a Grand Old Man|
(Уход великого старца)
|Directed by||Yakov Protazanov|
|Written by||Isaak Teneromo|
|Produced by||Pavell Thiman|
Departure of a Grand Old Man (Russian: «Уход великого старца», romanized: Ukhod velikovo startza) is a 1912 Russian silent film about the last days of author Leo Tolstoy. The film was directed by Yakov Protazanov and Elizaveta Thiman, and was actress Olga Petrova's first film.
The film depicts a group of peasants who come to the home of Leo Tolstoy to ask for land. We see the old sage attempting to help the peasants while his wife Sofia Andreevna is counting money and quarreling.
Overwhelmed, Tolstoy is driven to the edge of suicide. It ends with Tolstoy on his death bed being visited by Jesus. The film was banned because of the negative portrayal of Tolstoy's wife Sofia Tolstaya, who threatened to sue the filmmakers for libel.