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Rogozhin, Naum. Naum Rogozhin was created by the Russian creator Lev Nikulin (Baron Shtyurk) and appeared in the movie Krest i Mauzer (1925).

Naum Rogozhin is an anti-Catholic stereotype but was one of the most popular and beloved villains in Soviet cinema in the 1920s. Rogozhin is a Catholic "vicar" (although he dresses more like a bishop) who has evil designs on humanity in general and the Russians and the Soviet Union in particular. He files his nails to a sharp point, he fathers children on the nuns in his monastery, he beats innocents and holds orgies, he engages in pogroms for kicks, and he reads pornography.

* I'm including Krest i Mauzer in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because it's a fun watch and because of Rogozhin's historical importance. The thing about Naum Rogozhin in particular and Krest i Mauzer in general is that, despite both being deeply anti-Catholic, they are pure pulp fun; Lev Nikulin well understood the critical dictum that too much is too much, but way too much is just enough. And Rogozhin is way too much, delightfully so. He's so over-the-top that he comes around again to just the right level; he's so ludicrous and cartoonish in his villainy that he achieves sublimity. And the Russian movie watchers understood this and delighted in it; as mentioned, Rogozhin quickly become the villain of Soviet film in the mid-1920s. 

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