History of the Russian revolution and the following Civil War.
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Gennadi Glagolev ...
 Nikolay Vtoroy (1993) (unknown episodes)
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Kon belyy (aka...White horse) is an epic, set in Russia during the years of the Bolshevik revolution and the Civil War. The dramatic events in Russia are shown through the fate of Admiral Kolchak, the last "ruler" of the Tzarist Russia and the White Army. A white horse is prepared for his planned triumphal entry into Moscow. But instead, Kolchak is fighting in Siberia, investigating the murder of the Tzar's family. The people of Russia are shown divided into opposing classes. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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An undeniably groundbreaking view of the Russian revolution
20 November 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This unique dramatic miniseries about the tragic events of the 1917 communist revolution and its aftermath was made in 1993, two years after the Soviet regime had crumbled along with state censorship. It is the first Russian made miniseries about the Russian civil war to have depicted the Bolshevik revolution in a candid, brutally honest light. In this regard it was only paralleled 15 years later with the release of the "Admiral" film and miniseries.

Kon' Beliy (White Horse, named after one of the horsemen in the Apocalypse) follows several characters: the last Tsar and his family, an officer who had once served the last Tsar, two sisters torn between the communist Reds and the anti-communist Whites, the leader of the Russian Siberian anti-communist movement Admiral Kolchak, and a one time White counterintelligence officer who manages to survive in Russia through World War II.

Throughout the film, we see numerous themes: God and country versus revolution, loyalty versus treason, revenge and brutality versus mercy and humanity, love versus separation, and monarchy versus democracy, all on the backdrop of highly tumultuous, historically significant times.

Performances are excellent overall, featuring a number of emerging as well as veteran actors of the Russian screen. The occasional dream sequences can come off as somewhat indulgent, but do not seriously distract from the core of the story. The last 3 episodes which occur in the 1940's require some focus and patience to piece together, but is well worth the payoff.

While the film was shot on a relatively tight budget for a historical project of this scope as compared to "Admiral", it features excellent historical detail, costume, crowd scenes, and sets. Russians, Russophiles, history buffs, and cinema buffs who love a good foreign TV serial will not be disappointed.


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