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The End of St. Petersburg (1927)

Konets Sankt-Peterburga (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 May 1928 (USA)
A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to ... See full summary »

Directors:

Vsevolod Pudovkin, Mikhail Doller (co-director)

Writer:

Nathan Zarkhi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aleksandr Chistyakov ... A worker
Vera Baranovskaya ... His wife
Ivan Chuvelyov ... Peasant boy
V. Obolensky V. Obolensky ... Lebedev
Sergey Komarov ... His employer
Viktor Tsoppi Viktor Tsoppi ... Patriot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksei Davor Aleksei Davor
Vladimir Fogel ... German Officer
Aleksandr Gromov Aleksandr Gromov ... Revolutionary (as A. Gromov)
Nikolay Khmelyov
Vsevolod Pudovkin ... German Officer
Max Tereshkovich Max Tereshkovich
M. Tsybulsky M. Tsybulsky
Anna Zemtsova Anna Zemtsova
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A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to fight in World War I. After three years, he returns ready for revolution. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Russia's Greatest Screen Achievement (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 9 November 1928) See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Soviet Union

Release Date:

30 May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The End of St. Petersburg See more »

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Mezhrabpom-Rus See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Startling early Russian silent
14 April 2007 | by tbyrne4See all my reviews

Wow!! I wasn't expecting something like this. Quite frankly, silent Russian directors make American directors of the same era look anemic by comparison.

Nearly every shot in this film is poetry - beautifully composed, lit, not over-acted (like so many silents), simple, and brutally powerfully. The faces, the atmosphere. Vsevolod had an AMAZING eye for composition. The close-ups are gorgeous and intense and fiery and the wide shots are breathtaking in the way they emphasize man's fragile diminutive size.

Of course, this is a propaganda film, so the upper class are portrayed as fat, hysterical beast-people and the lower-class are all rough-hewn and beautiful, but WHO CARES when the movie is this good! And this is during the age of Eisenstein so the quick-cut editing comes into play during the end with the big overthrow of St. Petersburg with great edits that are nearly subliminal.

Wonderful stuff


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