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The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927)

Padenie dinastii Romanovykh (original title)
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 »



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Credited cast:
Mikhail Alekseyev ...
Himself (with Tsar Nicholas) (archive footage)
Alexei Brusilov ...
Himself (consults with another officer) (archive footage)
Nikolai Chkheidze ...
Himself (chairman, 1st session, Petrograd Soviet) (archive footage)
Emperor Franz Josef ...
Himself (reviews troops) (archive footage)
Vera Figner ...
Herself (People's Will Party, in open car) (archive footage)
Aleksandr Guchkov ...
Himself (archive footage)
Iliodor ...
Himself (monk, Rasputin's rival) (archive footage) (as Illiodor)
Aleksandr Izvolsky ...
Himself (ambassador to France, gets into carriage) (archive footage)
Joseph Joffre ...
Himself (with Millerand) (archive footage)
Kaiser Wilhelm II ...
Himself (archive footage)
Governor of Kaluga ...
Himself (governor, Kaluga, with wife, dog, servants) (archive footage)
Aleksandr Kerensky ...
Himself (doffs fur hat, shakes hands of soldiers) (archive footage)
King George V ...
Himself (in ceremonial carriage, not visible) (archive footage)
Aleksandr Kolchak ...
Himself (aboard ship) (archive footage)
P.V. Krupensky ...
Himself (archive footage)


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 economic differences. Russia is for the most part still an agrarian society, but capitalism and its industries are growing. In 1914 Russia gets involved in the First World War. Czar Nicholas II declares a general mobilization. A vast number of peasants and workers have to go to the front as soldiers. After three years the country is ruined by the war, and there is a shortage of provisions. In February 1917 workers begin striking in the capital, Petrograd. Their protests are soon joined by soldiers. A complete anarchy is threatening the country, when the parliament, called the duma, reorganizes the power structure by forming a new Provisional Government. At the same time the Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies forms another ruling body at the City Hall of Petrograd. In this situation czar ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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11 March 1927 (Soviet Union)  »

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Exposing some of the myths of the Russian Revolution
14 November 2005 | by (St Helens, World Class On Grass) – See all my reviews

Fascinating collection of footage from the years 1913-17 focusing on the Russian Revolution. With an introduction by a Russian historian and cultural expert, it exposed a number of myths about the revolution and in particular, the Bolsheviks.

With this gentleman providing a commentary over the footage that's happening and explaining the propaganda behind not only this film, but the three films that I'd seen by Eisentein, presenting them in a completely different light. Filmwise it wasn't anything special, however the informed commentary was riveting and helps you to understand a bit more about what actually happened, even if it only touches the surface.

Watched in conjunction with Eisenstein's October 1917, Strike and Battleship Potemkin, these are essential viewing.

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