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Product Description

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.

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXNB6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Bolshevik / Happiness" on IMDb

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If the filmmaker had bothered to subtitle the Russian and German speakers and French subtitles into English, this would have been an amazing documentary. The film's current format (which according to Amazon doesn't support subtitles) is frustrating because I wanted to know what the various speakers were saying and I don't speak Russian or German. I suspect this was a patchwork put together from previously worked films with patches of English narration added. I don't know why the filmmaker didn't take the trouble to format it properly before he put it out for sale and I don't know why Amazon is running it in its current format and charging for it. Because of these factors I can't give this film a good rating in its current format. If the filmmaker had done a proper job of it, I would have given it 5 stars because the subject is intriguing and I would watch it again in a minute if I could read or understand all that was said.
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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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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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The last protector and pride of the working class. Reminds me of Comrade Lenin's passion to change the system. Makes me want to read more books about this man!
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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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