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Padenie dinastii Romanovykh (1927)

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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Governor of Kaluga ...
Himself (governor, Kaluga, with wife, dog, servants) (archive footage)
Aleksandr Kerensky ...
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King George V ...
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Aleksandr Kolchak ...
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P.V. Krupensky ...
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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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29 April 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Let's get this straight: this is pretty much straight line Marxist history as of 1928, to which I say "So what?" It takes decades to sort out the passions of the events and get a reasonable take on them and even then passions will continue to inflame matters. Consider the discussions of the American Civil War as of 1960. I don't believe that the First World War was started to maximize profits, but as a sort of series of events that would be a comedy of errors if they weren't so horrid.

What we do have here, and what should be applauded, is some great historical clips of Russia from before the First World War -- and most of the pre-War film studios were so devastated that many students of cinema aren't even aware there was an advanced Russian film industry before the Great War -- which are beautifully edited. Esfir Shub was one of the people surrounding Dziga Vertov, who was a practicing and practical director while the Academicians were writing texts to demonstrate to the lumpen-proletariat why they should appreciate their editing. As a result, this becomes a well-illustrated history text which tells its story in a comprehensible and engaging fashion. It is the model for how such documentaries would be done for decades, and still are.


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