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Last Bolshevik, The

Alternative title
Tombeau d’Alexandre, Le
Synopsis
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 in the form of six video "letters" sent to him posthumously, read out by Michael Pennington.

The film prompts a reflection on the relation between art and politics in the former Soviet Union and captures the commitment, energy, struggles, illusions and disillusions of a believing Bolshevik. 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, comparing it with his own vision of modern Russia. Includes scenes of authentic Soviet peasant life rediscovered in an archive.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
1994
Year of production
1993
Subjects
History; Media studies
Keywords
Bolshevik movement; cinema - Russia; documentary films; Soviet Union; Medvedkin, Alexander

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
120 minutes
Year
2002

Sections

Title
Last Bolshevik, The

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Moviemail

Web
https://www.simplyhe.com/3000-moviemail External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
Simply Home Entertainment
PO Box 7741
Ringwood
BH24 9FA
UK
Notes
As of December 2016 the Moviemail web presence is incorporated within the Simply Media website
 

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