In memory of Mayakovsky: The Young Lady and the Hooligan (1918)
On April 14th, 1930, one of the greatest Russian poets Vladimir Mayakovsky shot himself in the heart with a revolver.
His death note said:
“To All of You.
Don’t blame anyone for the fact that I die, and please do not gossip.
Best wishes staying!
Vladimir Mayakovsky 12.IV.30.
Comrades of the Proletarian Literary Organization, don’t think of me as a coward.
Tell Yermilov it’s too bad he removed the slogan; we should have held our own.
The Young Lady and the Hooligan (Барышня и Хулиган, 1918) is a film that Mayakovsky wrote and co-starred in. It also turned out to be a dismal reflection of his own destiny. Watching this sad film about love and death today is a good way to honour his memory: