Stefan Denchev: The Snatcher of the Lost Film Bulgaran Is Gallant Cover Image
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Стефан Денчев – „похитителят“ на изчезналия „Българан е галант“
Stefan Denchev: The Snatcher of the Lost Film Bulgaran Is Gallant

Author(s): Peter Kardjilov
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Visual Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The so-called Centenary of Bulgarian Film has been in fact marking the 100th anniversary since the premiere of the earliest Bulgarian feature film, Bulgaran Is Gallant, the production of which is still veiled in mystery. No less mysterious is the story of the movie, following its premiere in January 1915. There are a few versions, ‘taking it away’ from Bulgaria; there are ‘professions’ of its copy (probably a single one) being lost for good, but also hopes that it has been after all kept elsewhere... Whether reasonably or not, the story of Bulgaran Is Gallant was associated in the 1920’s with the personality of Stefan Denchev, a Bulgarian actor, journalist, publisher of film magazines in Bulgaria and an adventurer, who tried his luck abroad, reaching as far as Hollywood, where he is said to have made a successful career by dint of this very movie he has snatched, Bulgaran Is Gallant! The myths and legends surrounding the personality of Stefan Denchev have proved to be quite different from the reality. Differentiation between the former and the latter, using the information offered by specialised movie journals of the age is essential to this publication.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 10-15
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian