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The Last Bolshevik / Happiness (1993)

Alexander Medvedkin. Nikolai Izvolov , Chris Marker , Alexander Medvedkin  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alexander Medvedkin. Nikolai Izvolov
  • Directors: Chris Marker, Alexander Medvedkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXNB6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Bolshevik / Happiness" on IMDb

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Based on the life and work of the Russian film director Alexander Medvedkin (1900-1989), THE LAST BOLSHEVIK is a tribute from one filmmaker to another through an archeological expedition into film history, revealing the relations between art and politics in the former Soviet Union.

Medvedkin's silent classic, HAPPINESS, a surprisingly irreverent comedy about early Soviet efforts at collectivization, appears on a second disc in a restored, uncut version.

Both films feature supplementary interviews and related short films.


One of the key works of our time. Not to be missed. --Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

A great film that almost no one has seen. --Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

The most haunting, corrosive, and thoughtful exploration of the train wreck we called the 20th century. --Howard Hampton, Artforum

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome January 28, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Awesome films. Awesome filmmakers. A great combination set. Would get for others who I think might be interested in these films as well.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Amazon Instant Video
Shame. Seems like a great film but can't seem to find the English subtitles.
If indeed they are not provided in this copy that might be a good thing to mention.
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3 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine documentary about a not very likable man March 3, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
The Last Bolshevik is a documentary about the Soviet filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin. French Director (and fellow traveler) Chris Marker obviously admires his subject, and he means this to be a sympathetic film. Yet, I find it difficult to share his admiration. On an artistic level, even though I have never seen a Medvedkin film, and it is impossible to judge a director's craft by the segments shown here (lasting a few minutes), I can say there is nothing in the movie that makes me suspect we are in front of a major artist. More complicated is the political aspect of his life. He was a life long unrepentant communist. The film makes much of the fact that his movies represented the soviet artistic vanguard that Stalin ended dramatically in the early 1930s. Yet, during the Stalin era, not only he was not repressed, but he was able to make Stalinist movies (Marker show some segments of these movies, too). On the whole, this is a fine movie about a man whose life I consider to have been less than exemplary.
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