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Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Esfir Shub, 1927)

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

1927 '§ Esfir Shub '§ 1h 41m

Coniciding with the the 100 year anniversary we screen The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty on 16mm.

The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty is notable for being constructed almost entirely out of stock footage which was compiled by director Esfir Shub, who had worked as an editor on several films before making this film. Whereas other documentary filmmakers, including Dziga Vertov, created films out of their own footage, Shub constructed a documentary narrative out of newsreel footage shot before the Revolution. Using this footage, she created a narrative about the brutality of the First World War and the neglect on the part of the Tsar and his ministers, one of the catalysts for the 1917 Revolution.


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