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Fragment of an Empire (1929)

Oblomok imperii (original title)
A story of a man who loses his memory during the First World War, regains it 10 years after the Russian Revolution and returns home to a new and alien St. Petersburg.

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Fridrikh Ermler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emil Gal Emil Gal ... Passenger in the train
Sergey Gerasimov
Yakov Gudkin ... The wounded soldier
Ursula Krug Ursula Krug
Varvara Myasnikova
Fyodor Nikitin ... Filimonov
Lyudmila Semyonova ... Filimonov's wife
Valeri Solovtsov ... Filimonov's wife's new husband
Vyacheslav Viskovsky Vyacheslav Viskovsky
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Storyline

Fridrikh Ermler's last silent feature, Fragment of an Empire, tells the story of a Russian non-commissioned officer, Ivan Filimonov (Fyodor Nikitin), who was shell-shocked, thought to be dead in the First World War and in loss of memory. Filimonov regains his memory in 1928, ten years after the Russian Revolution. Determined to find his wife and get his job back, he goes home to Saint Petersburg only to find out that his wife has remarried and his former employer has been replaced by a factory committee. The Saint Petersburg that he used to know also does not exist anymore. Renamed Leningrad and deprived of its status as capital, the city with its monumental buildings and statues of Lenin is foreign to Filimonov as is everything else in this new world created by the 1917 Revolution. As time goes by, however, he learns to appreciate the new ways. Although he is not reunited with his wife, he regains full control of his life. At the end of the film, Filimonov breaks the fourth wall and ...

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

25 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fragment of an Empire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sovkino See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Under direction of its leading actor, Fyodor Nikitin, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution, the film was restored and re-edited at "Lenfilm" in 1967 to a 78 minutes version featuring the original soundtrack. See more »

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Featured in Fridrikh Ermler (2002) See more »

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