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Landmarks of early Soviet film 4 disc DVD collection of 8 groundbreaking films

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Summary

  • "This groundbreaking collection features eight seminal films from the Soviet silent era - all are new to DVD"--www.flickeralley.com. The house on Trubnaya: Comedy about a young peasant woman who travels to Moscow to start a new life. By the law: Tense drama about Alaskan gold-miners. Extraordinary adventures of Mr. West in the land of the Bolsheviks: The first Russian anti-American film both arrogantly mocks American ignorance toward the Soviet Union and enviously copies American cinematic methods. Old and new: In this early Soviet propaganda film, a poor woman persuades her fellow villagers to form a cooperative. Stride Soviet!: Documentary exploration of the various layers of Moscow society on the ten-year anniversary of the Revolution. The film reveals the continuing class-based nature of Soviet society through a series of montages of city life. The fall of the Romanov dynasty: Historical documentary which uses newsreel footage (some shot by Czar Nicholas II's own cameramen) to depict the tumultuous events of 1912 through 1917, as the leadership of the Czar and the Russian aristocracy crumbles and Lenin rises to power in the wake of the Soviet Revolution. Turksib: Soviet documentary on the building of the first railroad across the Asian continent from Turkestan to Siberia. Salt for Svanetia: Explores the Caucasus region of Svanetia, a remote, mountainous area where the Ushkul tribe still lives in a stone-age culture.

Notes

  • Title and other information derived from cases and title screens.
  • Individual films were originally produced in 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930.
  • By the law: Based on a short story by Jack London.
  • DVD ; NTSC ; region 0 ; stereo.
  • Silent films with musical accompaniment and Russian intertitles; optional English subtitles.

Contents

  • Disc 1. Extraordinary adventures of Mr. West in the land of the Bolsheviks / directed by Lev Kuleshov (1924; 74 min.) ; Old and new / directed by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov (1929; 120 min.) -- Disc 2. House on Trubnaya / directed by Boris Barnet (1928; 85 min.) ; By the law / directed by Lev Kuleshov (1926; 80 min.) -- Disc 3. Stride, Soviet! / directed by Dziga Vertov (1926; 69 min.) ; Fall of the Romanov dynasty (1927; 89 min.) / directed by Esfir Shub -- Disc 4. Turksib / directed by Viktor Turin (1929; 57 min.) ; Salt for Svanetia / directed by Mikhail Kalatozov (1930; 53 min.)