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Moscow Clad in Snow (1909)

Moscou sous la neige (original title)

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This is another one of our famous scenic films which is a revelation of the beauties of the historic Russian city, showing it clad in a blanket of snow and giving us a good view of the many... See full summary »
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This is another one of our famous scenic films which is a revelation of the beauties of the historic Russian city, showing it clad in a blanket of snow and giving us a good view of the many points of interest in and about the place. We get a good view of the famous old Kremlin from different angles, then a view of the city taken from one of the high towers. Next we see Petrovsky Park and some of the main thoroughfares during a heavy blizzard in which the inhabitants go about well muffled up and seemingly undaunted by the severe cold atmosphere. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Released in the US as a split reel along with Contemptible Theft (1909). See more »

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Not a car in sight
8 August 2010 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

This is really quite a beautiful film with some incredibly impressive cinematography for the time. Featuring scenes from a snow-covered Moscow, we are treated to shots of various parts of the city which capture the vibrancy and variety that can be found at any time in any city. Of course, as this film is over one hundred years old it gives us a glimpse into a world that would normally be lost to us. This was a world in which the Romanovs still ruled and cars, although invented, were still things that belonged in the future.

While the shots of Moscow's remarkable architecture are fascinating, it's the scenes in which we meet the city's residents that are the most entertaining. Today, they would mug and wave while they talked to their mates on their mobiles, but in this simple age they simply stare at the camera with frank curiosity. One chap enters from stage left so quickly and so suddenly you can almost see him vibrating like a plucked string when he comes to a stop.


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