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The End of St. Petersburg (1927)

Konets Sankt-Peterburga (original title)
A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Aleksandr Chistyakov ...
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His wife
Ivan Chuvelyov ...
Peasant boy
V. Obolensky ...
Lebedev
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksei Davor
Vladimir Fogel ...
German Officer
Aleksandr Gromov ...
Revolutionary (as A. Gromov)
Nikolay Khmelyov
Sergey Komarov ...
His employer
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German Officer
Max Tereshkovich
Viktor Tsoppi ...
Patriot
M. Tsybulsky
Anna Zemtsova
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A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to fight in World War I. After three years, he returns ready for revolution. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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30 May 1928 (USA)  »

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Startling early Russian silent
14 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow!! I wasn't expecting something like this. Quite frankly, silent Russian directors make American directors of the same era look anemic by comparison.

Nearly every shot in this film is poetry - beautifully composed, lit, not over-acted (like so many silents), simple, and brutally powerfully. The faces, the atmosphere. Vsevolod had an AMAZING eye for composition. The close-ups are gorgeous and intense and fiery and the wide shots are breathtaking in the way they emphasize man's fragile diminutive size.

Of course, this is a propaganda film, so the upper class are portrayed as fat, hysterical beast-people and the lower-class are all rough-hewn and beautiful, but WHO CARES when the movie is this good! And this is during the age of Eisenstein so the quick-cut editing comes into play during the end with the big overthrow of St. Petersburg with great edits that are nearly subliminal.

Wonderful stuff


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