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The Last Bolshevik -- Based on the life and work of the Russian film director Alexander Medvedkin (1900-1989), THE LAST BOLSHEVIK is a tribute from one filmmaker to another. An archeological expedition into film history that reveals new cinematic treasures, the film prompts a reflection on the relation between art and politics in the former Soviet Union. From Medvedkin's classic 1934 satire Happiness, and the 'film train' which he directed in the 1930s, to his sardonic comedies and bitter war newsreels, Chris Marker draws a panorama of the artistic, political, and moral universe of a life and a country, bringing it right up to date with his own vision of Russia today.


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This documentary tells the story of film director Aleksandr Medvedkin, throughout his life a sincere believer in communism... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 30 July 2012, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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Léonor Graser ... Dinosaur girl
Nikolai Izvolov ... Guest
Kira Paramonova ... Guest
Viktor Dyomin ... Guest (as Viktor Diomen)
Yuli Raizman ... Guest
Marina Kalasieva ... Guest
Aleksandr Medvedkin ... Himself (archive footage)
Lev Rochal ... Guest
Vladimir Dmitriev ... Guest (as Vladimir Dimitriev)
Antonina Pirojkova ... Guest
Albert Schulte ... Interviewee
Rhona Campbell ... Guest
Marina Goldovskaya ... Guest
Yakov Tolchan ... Guest
Sofia Prituliak ... Guest
Yuri Kolyada ... Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Voix (voice)
Michael Pennington ... Voice (voice: English version)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Marker 
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Chris Marker  writer

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Michael Kustow .... producer
Cinematography by
Chris Marker 
Film Editing by
Chris Marker 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pascal Aubier .... photographer: additional footage
Marina Goldovskaya .... photographer: additional footage
Andrei Pashkevich .... second camera operator: Moscow
Music Department
Chris Marker .... composer: additional music (as Michel Krasna)
Other crew
Julia Bodin .... memory manager
Tony Bouilhet .... unspecified assistant
Sergei Nekipelov .... unspecified assistant
Françoise Widhoff .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Le tombeau d'Alexandre" - France (original title)
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120 min

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2 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Fine Biography of an Unlikable Man, 15 January 2006
Author: Andres Salama from Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Last Bolshevik is a documentary about the Soviet filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin. French Director (and fellow traveler) Chris Marker obviously admires his subject, and he means this to be a sympathetic film. Yet, I find it difficult to share his admiration. On an artistic level, even though I have never seen a Medvedkin film, and it is impossible to judge a director's craft by the segments shown here (lasting a few minutes), I can say there is nothing in the movie that makes me suspect we are in front of a major artist. More complicated is the political aspect of his life. He was a life long unrepentant communist. The film makes much of the fact that his movies represented the soviet artistic vanguard that Stalin ended dramatically in the early 1930s. Yet, during the Stalin era, not only he was not repressed, but he was able to make Stalinist movies (Marker show some segments of these movies, too). On the whole, this is a fine movie about a man whose life I consider to have been less than exemplary

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