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A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to fight in World War I. After three years, he returns ready for revolution.
Filmed to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 1917 Russian revolution, End of St. Petersburg was the second feature-length effort of director V. I. Pudovkin. Utilizing many of the montage techniques popularized by his contemporary Sergei Eisenstein, Pudovkin details the fall of St. Petersburg into the hands of the Bolsheviks during the revolution. Unlike Eisenstein, Pudovkin concentrates on individuals rather than groups humanizing what might otherwise have been a prosaic historical piece. (Summary from IMDb and AllMovie.com)
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Mikhail Doller.
USSR 1927, digital video, b/w, silent, 87 min. Russian intertitles with English subtitles
Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
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