Red flag, 1917

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  • When Lenin's Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace in 1917, they did so in the name of a new ideology. Millions were drawn by its promise. In this film the people who were there--from members of the Red Guard to party activists to students--explain how Communism appealed to their deepest hopes and dreams. Through them, we hear how Communist leadership, under Vladimir Lenin and later, Joseph Stalin, compromised the proletarian ideal--and how hope eventually gave way to despair.


  • Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
  • Originally shown on PBS stations in 1997 as part of the series, People's century.
  • VHS.
  • In English and Russian with English voiceovers.
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