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Moscow Clad in Snow (1909)

Moscou sous la neige (original title)
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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Quite Interesting, & Sometimes Beautiful
3 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This very interesting and sometimes beautiful collection of Moscow winter scenes has excellent photography, with a very well-chosen assortment of settings, and it has also been well-preserved over the years. The sights range from panoramic views of majestic buildings, to busy street scenes, to placid residential settings. The camera work could not have been much better, and it does a good job of making you feel as if you were there as an observer. With its importance and its long history, Moscow has an impressive array of public and governmental buildings that few cities can match, and this is brought out well here. Then too, seeing the city when everything is covered with snow seems particularly appropriate.

This kind of filmed record of a distant place and time makes very interesting viewing when it is done well. It gives you a chance to see different sights and ways of living, but if you watch perceptively, you can also see how similar the essentials of daily life really are across time and place. There is a nicely done view of a street scene that goes on for some time, showing crowds scurrying along, and vehicles dashing back-and-forth. To be sure, the vehicles are horse-drawn, and no doubt there were many items in those stores that we would not find in our homes now, but the nature of the activity is still a familiar feature of any city. Then also, some of the scenes of residential areas could almost have been taken in a recent Midwestern winter. No doubt, different viewers will have different impressions, but in any case this is a nicely done feature that provides interesting sights worth seeing and thinking about.


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