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Russian films

20th March 2005

Dear All

Received from Scotland Russia Forum

Best wishes
Ute

TV documentary about Russian Revolution: Channel 5, in 2 parts – 22 and 29 March, 8pm

Highly recommended by Tatiana Jakovskaia (who helped Glasgow University's Margaret Tejerizo with translations for the production and has seen a preview)

REVOLUTION IN COLOUR

March 22nd and 29th, 8pm on FIVE

In 1917 the political world was changed forever. A small demonstration about bread grew into a revolution that ushered in an era of communism that would last for over seventy years. It would even bring the world to the very brink of nuclear war. Russian Revolution in Colour uses dramatic reconstructions and colourised archive to tell a gripping story of hope, war, corruption and betrayal. Filmed mostly in St Petersburg and Siberia, the programmes focus on a group of radical sailors who were both heroes of the revolution and later, a direct threat to its leader, Lenin.

EPISODE 1 – FREEDOM AND HOPE
March 22nd 2005, 8pm on FIVE
In the first episode, a spontaneous rebellion forces the Emperor Tsar Nicholas to abdicate and Russia becomes one of the freest countries in the world. The sailors are of the revolution's most radical enthusiasts, helping Lenin to sweep aside what was left of the old order. But when Lenin dismisses the results of Russia's first elections and suppresses his political enemies, the sailors start to question their support for him.

EPISODE 2 – FEAR AND PARANOIA
March 29th 2005, 8pm on FIVE
In the second episode, the sailors help Lenin fight off foreign powers and conservative generals in three years of terrible civil war but Lenin's increasing paranoia and desperate policies bring the country to its knees. When the sailors of Kronstadt condemn Lenin and call for the return of full political freedoms, he sends in the Red Army. The sailors come face to face with their former comrades on the frozen Gulf of Finland to decide the future direction of the world's largest country.

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