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The Soviet Story - 30 Languages - 2 Disc Set (NTSC & PAL)

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2010 Director's Edition of Edvins Snore's award-winning documentary, now with subtitles in 30 languages. Tells the story of the Soviet regime and how the Soviet Union helped Nazi Germany instigate the Holocaust. Other topics covered by the film: - The Great Famine in Ukraine (1932/33) - The Katyn massacre (1940) - The SS-KGB partnership - French Communists and the Nazis - Soviet mass deportations - Medical experiments in the GULAG. The Soviet Story was filmed over 2 years in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, France, UK and Belgium. The film includes recently uncovered archive documents and interviews with former Soviet Military intelligence officials. As a result, The Soviet Story presents a truly unique insight into recent Soviet history, told by people, once Soviet citizens, who have first-hand knowledge of it. The Soviet Story also discusses the impact of the Soviet legacy on modern day Europe. Listen to experts and European MPs discussing the implications of a selective attitude towards mass murder; and meet a woman describing the burial of her new born son in a GULAG concentration camp. The Soviet Story is a story of pain, injustice and realpolitik. The DVD contains the full 85 minute documentary feature, 25 minutes of bonus interviews & full color film booklet. The film is in English and the DVD includes subtitles in 30 languages: Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chinese (Traditional - Taiwan), Chinese (Simplified - PRC), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. New, factory-sealed DVD, NTSC Region 0, shipped from the film's distributor. This is a Private Home Use DVD. Libraries, Community Groups/Clubs, Universities, Endowments, etc. must purchase the appropriate licensed edition from: films (at) perrystreetadvisors (dot) com.

Product Details

  • Directors: Edvins Snore
  • Producers: Kristaps Valdnieks
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full length, Director's Cut, Subtitled
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: SIA Labvakar
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0615354963
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Marek J. Druzdzel on March 1, 2011
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I knew a lot about the Soviet regime (I grew up in a Communist country). Still, this movie is shocking and, as far as I know, genuine and based on facts, documents, and eyewitness reports. Naked, although shocking and thought-provoking truth. People interviewed in the movie are not some obscure conspiracy theorist -- they are known experts in history, international politics, and Soviet dealings (Davies, Sokolov, Bukovsky, or formed Soviet spy, now writer, Suvorov). The movie summarizes what is known about Nazi German atrocities along with Soviet Russian atrocities, what is known about the plan (followed by actions, such as Soviet invasions of Poland, Baltic republics, and Finland) of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia to divide Europe, and also not widely known facts about collaboration between Gestapo and NKVD in the early years of the WWII, that resulted, for example, in shipping Jews who escaped the Nazis back to German-occupied territories, where most of them perished. One of the main points of the documentary is that Germany had a chance to reform, sanitize its leadership from the Nazis. Russia has never prosecuted communist crimes against humanity. German Nazis have been chased all over the World and brought to justice. Russian communist perpetrators of crimes against humanity are enjoying protection of not only Russia but also, indirectly, former WWII allies. I keep being amazed by the naïveté of the Western European and World leaders when watching the political dealings with Russia. This movie is an absolute must for anybody interested in history and politics.
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Occasionally there are films of such import to historical understanding that they stand out head over heels over all else...This is one such film. It supports the thesis that, not only was Nazism the heir to Communism, but that its leaders, Hitler, and Lenin, and Stalin, substantially cooperated with one another and learned from one another. Nazism was only different from Communism is that it was ethnically and racially based...whereas Communism was economically and class based. Philosophically, as Goebbels publicly wrote, they were the same, in their employment of repression, and mass murder, and fear to achieve their "idealistic" aims.

The romantic leanings of too many in the West, then as now, always seem to pit early Communism against Nazism....one being good and idealistic, and the other being pure evil. This DVD demonstrates like no other film, that nothing could be further from the truth...for Nazism and Communism, aside from occasional distrust, from the beginning, were bound together with bonds of friendship, affection, and cooperation. That alliance ceased when Hitler broke his written pact with Stalin in their common plans for dividing a post war Europe....as had ALREADY been achieved with their joint invasion of Poland. It's often portrayed that it was Hitler who began WW II. True, as far as it goes...But the full truth is that, in fact, it was both Hitler and Stalin who planned and executed the 1939 attack on Poland.

In addition, this DVD is an excellent antidote in smashing the illusions of all too many North American liberals, and Euro and South American leftists...who still believe that somehow...it was only Stalin who abandoned the "ideals" of Communism....to become one of the two bloodiest murders of the 20th century.
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This film is a must see. To little is known about the true ruthlessness of the Soviet era. As pointed out in the film it did not stop when Stalin died. American schools do not teach this and a recent column by Barry Rubin pointing out just how this has been glossed over and ignored by virtually everybody. Not only should you watch it but it should be shared with all who will sit for it.
One critique I might have is when they go into Trotsky's murder they should tell you that he set up Lennin's secret policde and did mor than a little murder himself. He was no marter.
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From its inception, the story of the Soviet Union was writ in blood. However, the Empire's apologists persistently deny the brutality and extent of Soviet crimes against humanity, most particularly including Soviet cooperation with the Third Reich. As a result, Latvian director Edvins Snore was burned in effigy by Neo-Soviet Russians. It is an ominous badge of honor. Happily, that film that you are not supposed to see, The Soviet Story, is evidently available for sale here.

Soviet Story acts as an effective corrective to the popular notion that the Communist experiment only turned horrific when Stalin ascended to power. The film documents orders mandating mass executions, estimated in the tens of millions, originating with the father of the revolution, Lenin.

Still, it is devilishly difficult to outdo Stalin's sheer capacity for terror. The heart of Soviet Story explores the close ideological similarities and barbaric collusion between the Soviet Socialists of Stalin and the National Socialists of Hitler. There is an eerie sequence juxtaposing thematically similar propaganda posters from both regimes, side-by-side on-screen. Even more damning are the documents Snore uncovers establishing close links between the SS and the Soviet NKVD (the precursor to the KGD), discussing among other issues, the "Jewish Question." Indeed, Soviet Story is most illuminating when discussing the ways in which the more advanced Soviet killing machine served as the inspiration and model for the Holocaust.

Snore has produced a chilling indictment of the Soviet experience with Socialism.
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