"Sixth Part of the World" was the size of Soviet Union of the time. Many peoples of many customs composed it. Ice and desert, forest and ocean. Bread, furs, machines. All and every is a part of great unity.
In May 1913 the Romanov Dynasty celebrates its 300th anniversary at the Russian throne. The last emperor in the long line is czar Nicholas II. He rules over a country with huge social and ... See full summary »
The film chronicles the adventures of an American, "Mr. West," and his faithful bodyguard and servant Jeddie, as they visit the land of the horrible, evil Bolsheviks. Through various ... See full summary »
A long line of nurses pushing carts with their babies enter from the far right, cross a garden in front of the large nursery home, and leave by the close left to the camera. A few toddlers ... See full summary »
This documentary promoting the joys of life in a Soviet village centers around the activities of the Young Pioneers. These children are constantly busy, pasting propaganda posters on walls,... See full summary »
Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »
This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 - 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army. Chapaev is an uneducated peasant and a ... See full summary »
Fans of Dziga Vertov's dazzling Man With A Movie Camera are probably going to be disappointed in this feature of his, a routine (in other words, rather dull) look at the improvements instituted by the Soviet government after the devastation caused by the revolution. The pace is much slower and the points made by Vertov are much more obvious, thus leaving the viewer little to think about or marvel at. New factories, schools, orphanages, apartments, trains etc. are presented as signs of improved life. It's hard to present such things in an interesting light and I get the feeling that Vertov wasn't even allowed to try. Films like this are not completely without value of course, since it is always interesting to see people and sights from the past, but it is not riveting viewing, especially when you know what the director was capable of when unleashed. For history buffs only.
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