The Last Bolshevik [2 Discs] [DVD]
- SKU: 18117217
- Release Date: 09/08/2009
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- Happiness: Medvedkin and the Ciné-train adventure: Watch Your Health! - Journal No. 4 - How do you live Comrade Miner? - The Conveyor Belt
- The entire Alexander Ivanovich Medvedkin monologue (extract from the film The Train Rolls On by Chris Marker with the voice of François Périer)
- 2 recreations by Nikolai Izvolov of Medvedkin's lost films: Stop the Thief! - The Story of Titus
- The Last Bolshevik: Medvedkin and Dziga Vertov, by Nikolai Izvolov (segment not included in edited version)
The life of filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin (1900-1989) serves as a template for exploring the history of Russia during that period, from its takeover under Lenin and the Bolsheviks, to the advent of the most hopeful part of the Gorbachev era which prefigured the demise of the U.S.S.R. As a filmmaker, Medvedkin had a motto which explains many of his works: "It is not the past that dominates us, but images of the past." This documentary features clips from many of Medvedkin's and his contemporaries' films, features interviews with the man and his daughter, and celebrates his accomplishments. In an interesting sideline, he invented a camera which could be attached to a modified rifle, so that soldiers could film battle scenes. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Alexander Medvedkin