Twenty-Six Commissars (1932)

Dvadtsat shest komissarov (original title)
Docu-drama about political and military conflict during the Russian Civil War in 1918, from an orthodox pro-Communist viewpoint.


Nikoloz Shengelaia (as Nikoloz Shengelaya)


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Credited cast:
K. Gasanov K. Gasanov ... Stepan Shaumian, Armenian leader
Baba-Zade Baba-Zade ... Azizbekov
Heiri Emirzade Heiri Emirzade ... Commissar
Alekper Melikov Alekper Melikov ... Bolshevik
Ivan Klyukvin ... Petka, Red Army soldier
Vasili Kovrigin ... Vaska the Sailor
N. Kulikov N. Kulikov ... Russian worker
Ala-Verdy Melikov Ala-Verdy Melikov ... Turkish worker
Veriko Anjaparidze ... Worker's wife (as Veriko Andjaparidze)
Piotr Morskoy Piotr Morskoy ... Bolshevik from the Front
Mikhail Zharov ... Menshevik
Igor Savchenko ... Leader of Soc. Revolutionary Party
Kote Andronikashvili Kote Andronikashvili ... Leader of Dashnaks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikhail Abesadze Mikhail Abesadze ... Man with mauser
Vladimir Gardin ... Citizen with a chrysanthemum


The Russian Revolution (1917) led to the breakup of the old Tsarist Russian Empire, to independence movements in areas inhabited by various ethnic minorities (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, etc.), and to a large-scale Civil War between the Red (Communist) Army and the White (Anti-Communist) Army. In other words, sheer chaos, very much like that experienced by Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In this chaos, various territories, such as Azerbaijan, were occupied at various times by German, Turkish, and British troops, the latter motivated by Soviet Russia's withdrawal from WW1 against Germany. This film presents a very "orthodox," even Stalinist interpretation of the traumatic events around the oil-rich city of Baku in 1918, in which (no surprise) the real villains are portrayed as certain leftist Russian politicians (played by Zharov, Savchenko, etc.) who were opposed to the Communists. Again (no surprise), the Communists ("Bolsheviks") and their supporters (played by Gasanov, Klyukvin, Morskoy... Written by Prof Steven P Hill, University of Illinois (USA).

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Soviet Union


Georgian | Russian

Release Date:

30 June 1933 (USA) See more »

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Baku, Azerbaijan

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