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Friedrich ERMLER
Фридрих ЭРМЛЕР
Friedrich ERMLER
 
USSR, 1929, 78 mn 
Black and white, silent, fiction

Fragment of an Empire

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Обломок империи

 

 Un débris de l’empire

 Oblomok imperi


Russian subtitle : Господин фабком (Monsieur Fabkom)
 
Directed by : Friedrich ERMLER (Фридрих ЭРМЛЕР)
Writing credits : Friedrich ERMLER (Фридрих ЭРМЛЕР), Katerina VINOGRADSKAYA (Катерина ВИНОГРАДСКАЯ)
 
Cast
Sergey GERASIMOV (Сергей ГЕРАСИМОВ) ...Le menchevik
Yakov GUDKIN (Яков ГУДКИН) ...soldat blessé de l’Armée Rouge
Varvara MYASNIKOVA (Варвара МЯСНИКОВА)
Fyodor NIKITIN (Федор НИКИТИН) ...Filimonov, sous-officier
Lyudmila SEMENOVA (Людмила СЕМЕНОВА) ...Ex-femme de Filimonov
Valery SOLOVTSOV (Валерий СОЛОВЦОВ) ...Mari de l'ex-femme de Filimonov
Vyacheslav VISKOVSKY (Вячеслав ВИСКОВСКИЙ) ...L’ancien propriétaire de l’usine
 
Production design : Yevgeni ENEJ (Евгений ЕНЕЙ)
Production : Lensovkino
Restauration : Lenfilm (1967)
Release date in Russia : 28/10/1929
 

Plot synopsis
Arriving home after 10 years, an amnesiac soldier gives out an agonized cry, “Where is Petersburg?”, as he stands lost in the new cityscape of Soviet Leningrad. Fridrikh Ermler’s Fragment of an Empire has been referred to as the most important film in Soviet Cinema. It’s a bold claim, but justified by the synthesis of a powerful personal story and the critique it allows of the revolution as seen by a soldier stuck in a Tsarist past. The film opens in the chaos of a bloody battle in 1914 and follows with an extraordinary evocation of the main protagonist’s returning memory. As played by regular Ermler lead Fiodor Nikitin, his response to the social changes he sees is both moving and politically astute. Bryony Dixon

Film about the great changes that took place in the country and in the conscience of people as a result of the 1917 October revolution.
Source : www.lenfilm.ru
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Кино в Петербурге. Петербург в кино, Anna KOVALOVA, Article, seance.ru, 2011
Monumental Sculptures in Soviet Cinema of the 1920s, Yevgeni MARGOLIT, Article, Kinokultura, 2009
Les origines du cinéma soviétique : un regard neuf, Myriam TSIKOUNAS, Book, Cerf, 1992
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- 'Il Cinema Ritrovato' Festival, Bologna (Italy), 2020
- Festival of Archive Films, Belye Stolby (Russia), 2019
- The Times BFI London Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2018
- Fondation Jérôme Seydoux. Octobre 1917, une révolution en images, Paris (France), 2017
- Festival Ciné muet, Plaisance du Gers (France), 2017
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2017
- Zoom arrière. Cinémathèque de Toulouse, Toulouse (France), 2015
- Russian film symposium. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (USA), 2015
- La Rochelle International Film Festival, La Rochelle (France), 2014
- Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Pordenone (Italy), 2011
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2007
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2003


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