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Film "Bearslayer", 1930, by Director Aleksandrs Rusteiķis (1892–1958)

“Bearslayer” (Lāčplēsis) is one of Latvia’s only surviving fiction films from the silent era of film. It is also the first attempt by the newly independent Latvian nation to make a full-length feature film and begin to experiment with themes of nationalism and national identity in cinema. The film is included in the canon not only for these reasons, but also for its ability to capture the imagination of the Latvian nation and for its own artistic merits outside the framework of populist national cinema.

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