Alexander Popov (film)

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Alexander Popov
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Directed byHerbert Rappaport
Viktor Eisymont
Written byAlexander Razumovsky
StarringNikolai Cherkasov
Yefim Kopelyan
Aleksandr Borisov
Bruno Freindlich
Yury Tolubeyev
Osip Abdulov
CinematographyAnatoli Nazarov
Yevgeni Shapiro
Release date
  • 1949 (1949)
Running time
87 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

Alexander Popov (Russian: Александр Попов) is a 1949 biographical film directed by Herbert Rappaport about the life and work of Alexander Stepanovich Popov, who was a notable physicist and electrical engineer and an early developer of radio communication.


In the process of scientific search the talent and the power of observation of Popov allowed him to complete a number of unique discoveries. The wireless telegraph invented by him was used for the first time in the heaviest conditions of the polar north, for rescuing people on an ice floe.

Role as propaganda film[edit]

Along with Grigori Roshal's Ivan Pavlov, which came out that same year, Alexander Popov was among the first in a series of patriotic biographical films produced in the Soviet Union which aimed to prove the superiority of Russian and Soviet science and art over that of the West.[1]

The films acknowledges the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, but makes no mention of Nikola Tesla, whose work paved the way for Popov's inventions. This obscuring of American achievements is in line with other Russian Cold War-era films.[2]



In 1951, Cherkasov, Skorobogatov, Freindlich, and Borisov received the Stalin Prize of the 2nd degree for their work on Alexander Popov.[3]


  1. ^ Liehm, Mira; Liehm, Antonín J. (1977). The Most Important Art: Soviet and Eastern European Film After 1945. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-520-04128-8.
  2. ^ Kozovoi, Andrei (2014). "The Cold War and Film". In Kalinovsky, Artemy M.; Daigle, Craig (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War. London and New York: Routledge. p. 341. ISBN 978-1-134-70065-3.
  3. ^ Alexander Popov at

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