THE END OF ST PETERSBURG Konets Sankt-Peterburga

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Pudovkin was another great Soviet film maker who created this masterpiece about a peasant boy who comes to St. Petersburg just as the 1917 October Revolution is beginning.

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The boy witnesses some of the great events of the revolution and ends up joining the fight. An innovative piece of silent filmmaking commissioned by the Soviet government. This Pudovkin classic and Eisenstein's ‘October’ were both commissioned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1917 revolution.

The two movies work very well as companions for one another, since Eisenstein concentrated on the major historical events of the revolution, while ‘The End of St. Petersburg’ looks at the era through a story involving some everyday characters. The story is well-conceived and, the main character is a young man from the country who heads to the great city of St. Petersburg to find work, but who instead learns a series of unexpected and not always pleasant lessons. Another landmark of Soviet realist cinema, as good as if not better than ‘Battleship Potemkin’. Silent film with recorded orchestral score. (Intertitles)