Man from the Restaurant

Man from the Restaurant (Russian: Человек из ресторана) is a 1927 Soviet drama film directed by Yakov Protazanov based on the story by Ivan Shmelyov. The main role was written for Ivan Moskvin, but he was changed for Chekhov because of illness.

Man from the Restaurant
Directed byYakov Protazanov
Written byYakov Protazanov
Oleg Leonidov
Ivan Shmelyov (story)
StarringMichael Chekhov
Vera Malinovskaya
Ivan Koval-Samborsky
CinematographyAnatoli Golovnya
Konstantin Vents
Release date
12 June 1927 (USSR)
4 January 1930 (USA)
Running time
62 minutes
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageSilent film (Russian intertitles)


After the death of his son at the front, and his wife's demise, widower waiter Skorohodov rents his room to Sokolin, a young man who works as a messenger in one of the offices. The lodger and Skorohodov's daughter fall in love with each other, but an unexpected contender has appeared to the modest young man in the guise of Karasyov, a constant patron of the restaurant, a factory owner who decides to seduce the woman who he has taken a liking to.



  • Leyda, Jay (1960), Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film, New York: Macmillan, OCLC 1683826.
  • Aleinikov, Moisei, ed. (1957), Yakov Protazanov: O tvorcheskom puti rezhissera (in Russian), Moscow: Iskusstvo, OCLC 13571289.
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