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Lenin in 1918 (1939)

Lenin v 1918 godu (original title)
Historical-revolutionary film about Lenin's activities in the first years of Soviet power.


Mikhail Romm, E. Aron (co-director) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Shchukin Boris Shchukin ... Vladimir Lenin
Nikolai Okhlopkov Nikolai Okhlopkov ... Vasili, Lenin's protege
Aleksandr Shatov ... Konstantinov, conspirator chieftain (as A. Shatov)
Vasiliy Markov Vasiliy Markov ... Feliks Edmundovich Dzerjinsky (as V. Markov)
Vasili Vanin ... Kremlin Commandant Mateyev
Nikolay Cherkasov ... Maksim Gorky
Leonid Lyubashevsky Leonid Lyubashevsky ... Yakov Mikhailovich Sverdlov
Vladimir Solovyov ... Sintsov, a spy (as V. Solovyov)
Nikolai Svobodin ... Rutkovsky, a conspirator
V. Tretyakov V. Tretyakov ... Novikov, a conspirator
Natalya Efron Natalya Efron ... Fanni Kaplan (as N. Efron)
E. Muzil E. Muzil ... Yevdokia Ivanova, Lenin's housekeeper
Mikheil Gelovani ... Joseph Stalin (scenes deleted)
Nikolay Bogolyubov ... K.E. Voroshilov (scenes deleted)
Z. Dobina Z. Dobina ... Nadyezda Konstantinovna Krupskaya (Lenina)


Historical-revolutionary film about Lenin's activities in the first years of Soviet power.

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Release Date:

26 June 1939 (USA) See more »

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Lenin in 1918 See more »

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1.37 : 1
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[last lines]
Joseph Stalin: Comrade Voroshilov, Tsaritsin Soviet Military Commander of the Front: Give our fraternal greetings to the revolutionary armies who are fighting unselfishly in support of the workers' and peasants' power. Hold high the red banners, carry them before you fearlessly, and destroy the Enemy mercilessly.
Vladimir Lenin: And show the whole world that the Socialist Revolution is invincible.
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Alternate Versions

This film was re-released in 1956 to delete scenes with the character Stalin, as de-Stalinization was then taking place in the USSR. See more »

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Romm's movies about Lenin
11 December 2018 | by p_radulescuSee all my reviews

Along the years Mikhail Romm had to come back and rework his movies about Lenin several times, as the heroes exalted sometime by the Soviet propaganda were suddenly becoming the villains to be erased from history. In the 30's Romm had to exclude from the footage the figure of any of the bolsheviks condemned throughout the Stalinist purges - and especially to present Stalin as the closest companion of Lenin (regardless of how close or loose had actually been everything). Later, in the 60's, Romm had to revisit the footage and shrink the size of Stalin as much as he could. And Mikhail Romm did very carefully his job each time. They were propaganda movies, and that's expected from a propaganda movie, to keep in line. Thus, if you want to understand what really happened in Russia in 1917-1918, forget about. Or maybe you will understand something else, the way the Soviet society of the thirties was getting the Stalinist version of the story. But, if you are interested in movie art, you will understand the fine quality of the filmmaker who was Mikhail Romm. His movies about Lenin have no connection with what really happened. Just propaganda. Still, they build a cinematographic universe, fake of course, while extremely humane and extremely convincing. Mikhail Romm had a superb grasp of the small details of life, those small details that fill our existence. It was his immense experience acquired during the Civil War years, as he traveled throughout Russia all azimuths, and knew a lot of people facing a lot of situations. And these two propaganda movies are full of these small details, thus no wonder that behind what's told on the screen you feel some untold stories about anonymous men and women who had happened to live in those years and for better or worse had happened to make things happen.

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