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Three Songs About Lenin (1934)

Tri pesni o Lenine (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 November 1934 (USA)
Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin's role in creating them.

Director:

Dziga Vertov

Writer:

Dziga Vertov
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Credited cast:
Dolores Ibárruri Dolores Ibárruri ... Herself (archive footage)
Nadezhda Krupskaya ... Herself (with Lenin alive and dead, and at funeral) (archive footage)
V.I. Lenin ... Himself (speeches, with citizens, lying in state, funeral) (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (with Lenin as he lies in state) (archive footage)
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Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin's role in creating them. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

6 November 1934 (USA) See more »

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Three Songs About Lenin See more »

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Mezhrabpomfilm See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

The aircraft from which the parachutists jump (or perhaps they were pushed) towards the end of the film appears to be an ANT-14, Pravda. Only one was built and it was used by the Maxim Gorky propaganda squadron. See more »

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Featured in Sergei Eisenstein: Autobiography (1996) See more »

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Oh, how I laughed! Oh, how I snored!
19 May 2001 | by BoYutzSee all my reviews

This 1931 'documentary', acclaimed in its day, is nothing more than a ham-fisted, banal, and unremarkably filmed piece of propaganda. The editing is jerky; the shots frequently undisciplined and poorly composed; the pace glacial; the script naive and stilted in its crass deification of Lenin. Oh yeah, it's dour and humorless, too.

It might hold some interest as an early example of the 'tractors and dams' approach to agitprop, but it holds little interest on its own merits. It is worthwhile, however, to see Lenin threatening to defeat 'the landowners and capitalists' around the world!

Keep an eye out for this in your film history class, and be ready for your indoctrination.


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