Series 2008.005.02 - Documentary Films series

Lenin: stranitsy biografii = Lenin: pages of the biography [moving image] Gorki Leninskie = Lenin's Hills [moving image] Zhivoy Lenin = Lenin is Alive [moving image] Lenin: documenty, fakty, vospominaniya = Lenin: documents, facts, recollections [moving image]

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Documentary Films series

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  • 1969, 1984, 2007 (Creation)

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17 film reels

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Series consists of biographical films about Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), leader of the Soviet Union and father of Communism. These films were created and produced in the Russian Soviet State and reflect the ideals of the state and the popular interpretation of Lenin's life and work. The 17 film reels make up the following 4 movies: "Lenin is alive" (1969), "Lenin: pages of the biography" (1969), "Gorki Leninskie" (1984), "Lenin documents, facts, recollections" (1969). A DVD was added to the collection in 2010 that depicts the public speeches and demonstrations taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania during the dissolution of the Lithuanian Soviet State, including the tearing down of a statue of Lenin in the city centre.

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Film reels were given item numbers (expressed as Reel x of y) prior to examination and do not follow their original order. Digitization was done based on this arrangement. Reels and digitized clips belonging to the same film do not appear in chronological order on the digitized versions.

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Original negatives are housed in the Russian State Film & Photo Archive in Krasnogorsk.

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Original films are not available for viewing. Digital copies may be viewed onsite in Special Collections.

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Copyright is held by the studios.

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Films were digitized by Preserving the Past in 2009. A detailed report was produced and is available in Special Collections.

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