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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 
Writing credits
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Chris Marker  writer

Produced by
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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Marker's Political Agenda prevails over his homage to Medvedkin, 28 July 2013
Author: palmiro from Chicago United States

Taking his cue from a citation of George Steiner to the effect that it is not history that we remember ("was eigenlich geschehen ist"), but the images of that past time, Marker has taken liberties with the official images of the Soviet era to construct a montage that takes pot shots at the rift between the official images of the USSR and the reality. Easy enough to do, but this hardly illuminates the historical truth about the circumstances under which an attempt was made to fulfill the dreams of Bolsheviks like Medvedkin--namely to raise, in little more than a blink of the eye, the cultural and material standard of living of the degraded and oppressed peasantry and proletariat of Czarist Russia. In a sense, his homage to Medvedkin ends up demeaning the utopian spirit of the latter and reduces, perhaps unwittingly, Medvedkin's endeavors to something foolhardy and ingenuous at best.

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