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Biography - Vladimir Lenin: Voice of Revolution

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Documents released since the fall of the Soviet Union shed new light on one of the most controversial and influential figures of the century.

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AABKX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on July 2, 2007
Every militant who wants to fight for socialism, or put the fight for socialism back on the front burner, needs to come to terms with the legacy of Vladimir Lenin and his impact on 20th century revolutionary thought. Every radical who believes that society can be changed by just a few adjustments needs to address this question as well in order to understand the limits of such a position. Thus, it is necessary for any politically literate person of this new generation to go through the arguments both politically and organizationally associated with Lenin's name. Before delving into his works a review of his life and times would help to orient those unfamiliar with the period. Obviously the best way to do this is read one of the many biographies about him. There is not dearth of such biographies although they overwhelmingly tend to be hostile. But so be it. For those who prefer a quick snapshot view of his life this documentary, although much, much too simply is an adequate sketch of the highlights of his life.

The film goes through his early childhood, the key role that the execution of older brother for an assassination attempt on the Czar played in driving him to revolution, his early involvement in the revolutionary socialist movement, his imprisonments and internal and external exiles, his role in the 1905 Revolution, his role in the 1917 Revolution, his consolidation of power and his untimely death in 1924. An added feature, as usual in these kinds of films, is the use of `talking heads' who periodically explain what it all meant. I would caution those who are unfamiliar with the history of the anti-Bolshevik movement that three of the commentators, Adam Ulam, Richard Daniels and Robert Conquest were `stars' of that movement at the height of the anti-Soviet Cold War. I would also add that nothing presented in this biography, despite the alleged additional materials available with the `opening' of the Soviet files, has not been familiar for a long time.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pramod Chand on June 13, 2007
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50 minutes of time is too short to talk about Lenin and the political changes he brought into Russia. Definately he is one of the Biography's bad guy. I noticed that the Biography (and interviewed american academic professors) hardly says anything good about Lenin. Was it really a political propoganda that made quarter of million people come out in that freezing cold when Lenin died? No interviews with Russians to find out their present feeling toward Lenin. Although I get irritated with the Bolsheviks I was interested in Lenin's personal life apart from his political life. Not much detail about that.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2006
Were it not for Lenin, Karl Marx may have languished into a footnote of history, the Soviet Union and thus the Cold War might never have become a reality, and the oppressive evils of Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, Mao Tse-tung, Fidel Castro and others of the Communist ilk might never have been inflicted on the world. The irony of this is, of course, the fact that Lenin's revolution was not Marxist at all in the true sense of the term. Marx predicted that the "inevitable" social revolution would grow out of the exploited working class of developed countries, and Russia was anything but developed in the early twentieth century. The name and image of Lenin watched over the Soviet Union from its conception to its dismantlement, yet how many people today really know anything about the father of Communist Russia? Even the Russian people knew less than about him than they thought, as his life was mythologized in the interests of the state over the course of four generations. With the defeat of the USSR, hidden truths of history began to emerge, Lenin's statues and images began to fall left and right, and the Russian people were - typically - left to come to terms with an ambiguous history.

Lenin's public persona as a kindly leader of the Soviet Union served to cover up the man's ruthless pursuit of power. This biography walks you through Lenin's life, including a childhood that would not seem to supply the flames of revolution. After his older brother was executed for conspiring to assassinate the czar, however, young Lenin (now watched by the government) began studying the works that inspired his brother - Marx, Engels, and especially Chernyshevskii.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on February 16, 2013
Anti-Communist documentary about comrade Vladimir Illich, eeeer, I mean, Russian Commie honcho "Ivan" Lenin, the founder of The Evil Empire. Neither more nor less. Except for one bizarre detail: the narrator sounds like...Ronald Reagan?! And no, I'm not kidding! :D

Also available on Youtube.
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Excellent documentary, highly informative. It gives a broad view of how the reds came into power and a pitiful description of unnecessary nobility that got the Tsar so much into trouble. It is difficult to watch, because of how many horrible tactical mistakes poor Tsar Nicolas made. Being nice backfired big time as the whole country plunged into civil war and his beautiful daughters, his heir to the throne and his wife were brutally killed. I always thought of Nicolas as a weak man, somebody who did not fight for his country or his family. Somewhat of a loser. But I think the other side was even more of a loser - as they got wiped out by Stalin. Horrible historical period for Russia - war, starvation, genocide, political unrest...And of course, the talented Lenin with his famouse phrase "Study, study and study". At least he was good for something besides bringing the whole country down and destroying everything, including himself.
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