Europe's greatest forgotten filmmaker
1932-1960

THE GRAVEN IDOL (1960, INCOMPLETE)

Little is known about the film Gadyukin was working on at the time of his death.  A tantalizing morsel can be obtained this excerpt from a Chipperfield Studios Press Release:

“(November 23rd 1959) In Production: Acclaimed director of “The October Wedding” and the controversial artistic triumph “Waiting” is to shoot his next film “The Graven Idol” at Chipperfield Studios through spring into summer 1960.

The film, scheduled for a release early in 1961 will be an ensemble drama with gritty crime elements and will star Harry Weathers and Molly Hewitt, a smouldering combination sure to set the screen alight!  For now, the rest of the plot is under wraps.

Chipperfield is delighted to welcome Mr Gadyukin back and looks forward to seeing what this singular visionary can produce in his third British venture.”

It is also known (see Paul Sorberg’s article “Gadyukin: Forefather of Found Film”, Filmscene, November 1986) that Gadyukin utilized improvized dialogue and a free-flowing structure in what he shot of The Graven Idol.  Certainly no script or treatment has ever been found, although it is possible that rushes held at the Chipperfield Archive may be accompanied by production notes.

What is certain is that The Graven Idol remains one of the great lost films of the first century of cinema.