The Last Bolshevik NR

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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. An archeological expedition into film history that reveals new cinematic treasures, the film prompts a reflection on the relation between art and politics in the former Soviet Union. From Medvedkin's classic 1934 satire Happiness, and the 'film train' which he directed in the 1930s, to his sardonic comedies and bitter war newsreels, Chris Marker draws a panorama of the artistic, political, and moral universe of a life and a country, bringing it right up to date with his own vision of Russia today.

Starring:
Léonor Graser, Nikolai Izvolov
Runtime:
2 hours 1 minute

The Last Bolshevik

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Genres International, Documentary
Director Chris Marker
Starring Léonor Graser, Nikolai Izvolov
Supporting actors Kira Paramonova, Viktor Dyomin, Yuli Raizman, Marina Kalasieva, Aleksandr Medvedkin, Lev Rochal, Vladimir Dmitriyev, Antonina Pirojkova, Albert Schulte, Rhona Campbell, Marina Goldovskaya, Yakov Tolchan, Sofia Prituliak, Yuri Kolyada, Jean-Claude Dauphin, Michael Pennington, Joseph Stalin
Studio Icarus Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dara Zad on January 28, 2013
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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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Floris on April 10, 2012
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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 By Andres C. Salama on 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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