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also known as Padenie dinastii Romanovykh

The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty1927

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  • 3.8
The campaign for a montage style that preserved the intelligibility of film as a historical record was bolstered by the 1927 release of Esfir Shub's compilation film THE FALL OF THE ROMANOV DYNASTY. Universally acclaimed, the film established Shub as a new type of documentarian, an editor-director. Made entirely of archival footage from 1913-1917, Shub's montage of historical documents was the result of countless hours spent poring over old newsreels, official film records and home movies of the Tsar's family and other dignitaries. Though not the first compilation film, THE FALL OF THE ROMANOV DYNASTY is a cornerstone of found-footage filmmaking because of the director's aesthetic approach to the historical chronicle.

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For those interested in Russian history, this is an amazing assemblage of bits of archival footage from 100 years ago. Some bits are less than cinematic, some are dramatic, but the sum total is an overwhelming achievement, adding valuable images to an incredibly complex story. Notable is the influence of the Russian Church (and the oligarchs) in Czarist Russia, which has again resurfaced, as portrayed in Zvyagintsev's LEVIATHAN.

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For those interested in Russian history, this is an amazing assemblage of bits of archival footage from 100 years ago. Some bits are less than cinematic, some are dramatic, but the sum total is an overwhelming achievement, adding valuable images to an incredibly complex story. Notable is the influence of the Russian Church (and the oligarchs) in Czarist Russia, which has again resurfaced, as portrayed in Zvyagintsev's LEVIATHAN.

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What a party.

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Visually powerful propaganda film, Spends too much time on parades and names, not enough on the people's struggle to survive during these terrible times. Still, it has a valid point when it points the finger at corporate capitalists who look at war as a huge profit.

wow! yes overwhelming if you like history this is superb soviet cinema

A very interesting and compelling work.

It had really great old pictures and was a masterful propaganda film. I enjoyed it very much