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Eureka announce 'Russia in Revolt'

From May 6th The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty will be available to buy separately and as part of a Russia in Revolt DVD Box set from Eureka Video which also contains the Sergei Eisenstein titles, Strike, The Battleship Potemkin and October 1917.

From the Press Release...

Set for retail DVD release by Eureka Video on 6th May 2002, The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty is a truly unique documentary film, made all the more extraordinary by its mythical representation of revolutionary events. Lauded as one of the most influential films of its time, The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty is an essential addition to any discerning film collection.

Created entirely from actual documentary footage and fully restored and digitally re-mastered, this Eureka Video release also includes the DVD special features of interactive motion menus, full-length commentary, extensive 'Royal' photo essay, scene selection and documentary essay. In addition, the documentary will be available to buy as a stand alone title or as part of the four volume video or DVD box set entitled Russia in Revolt that also features Sergei Eisenstein's landmark films Strike, The Battleship Potemkin and October 1917.

The full release details are as follows...

May 6th 2002 - The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty - £19.99RRP
-Full Length Commentary
-Extensive 'Royal' Photo Essay
-Documentary Essay

May 6th 2002 - Russia in Revolt DVD Box Set - £49.95RRP

Contains The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (details as above), Strike (with English Commentary), The Battleship Potemkin (with Scrolling Synopsis), and October 1917 (with Scrolling background story).

A summary of the included titles from the Press Release...

Strike - In 1924, the Proletkult offered a young, 26 year old Eisenstein the job of directing the first of eight films in a series 'Towards Dictatorship'. This brilliant and complex re-creation of the development of a 1912 factory strike in Tsarist Russia, and its savage destruction by agents, provocateurs, police and mounted troops, was an ideal vehicle for Eisenstein to reflect the dialect of the Russian Revolution. Using the Kuleshov 'montage' effect in editing in this, Eisenstein's first film, he shows tremendous skill enhancing symbolism and achieving highly charged emotional responses to the strength, energy and heroism of the working classes and tragic events depicted. Strike, the only film ever made in the series, is truly a visual and technical masterpiece - at times overwhelming in its powerful portrayal of these historic events.

The Battleship Potemkin - by 27 year old Eisenstein, was developed from less that a one page script. Planned as an eight-part epic, it was intended to chronicle a large number of the successful 1905 Russian Revolutionary events. The mutiny begins with the Potemkin crew refusing to eat maggot-infested meat, while ensuing events cause their leader Vakulinchuk, to be shot dead by a senior officer. Open rebellion ensues when the ship docks in Odessa and crowds appear to take up the cause of the dead sailor. Scenes with Czarist soldiers firing on harrowed crowds thronging down the Odessa steps became the most celebrated sequences in World Cinema history and the film was destined to become the most influential landmark in cinematographic history.

October 1917 - Eisenstein's third major film is a marvellous reconstruction of the events from February leading up to the Revolution, the Bolshevik's overthrow of the Czarist's and Kerensky's provisional government in October. True to the communist philosophy, there were no main stars: the proletariat providing the heroic 'star' quality, with the ultimate victory belonging to the revolution. On the Tenth Anniversary, when the film was made, Leningrad, it's streets and building's, the Winter Palace and the corridors of the Smolny were still the same as that fateful year. October 1917 thus renders a stirring eye-witness account of the early days of the revolution. Nikolai Podvolsky, one of the leaders of the armed uprising, together with Red Guards, soldiers and sailors of the revolution, appeared in the film. Eisenstein's research was extremely thorough and he disallowed contemporary events to influence his production - though at least one quarter of the film was lost to editing, as demands were made for the removal of footage featuring Trotsky, Stalin's political adversary.

The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty - In his famous work "State and Revolution", Lenin wrote: "Democracy is not identical with majority rule. Democracy is a State which recognises the subjection of the minority to the majority - that is, an organisation for the systematic use of force by one class against the other, by one part of a population against another." The Russian Revolution is the phrase relating to a sequence of events that happened in Russia from 1905 to 1917. The Second Russian Revolution of 1917 developed into the October Revolution led by the Bolsheviks, who established the so-called "dictatorship of the proletariat". Later the Balsheviks manufactured and manipulated propaganda as a means to convince Russia's population of the importance of their leading role in all revolutionary events - which was untrue. This myth formed the basis of the documentary "The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty".

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