35mm. L.: 287 m. D.: 12’ a 20 f/s. Bn

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Kiev and Charkov in 1919: rows of dead bodies in a courtyard, exhumed corpses, while a crowd looks on. These deeply moving images from the early days of the Socialist revolution in eastern Europe are not easy to digest. They depict members of the All-Ukrainian Cheka who were killed by the Bolsheviks in order to maintain their power. The film, the original title of which is not known, was produced as anti-revolutionary propaganda dedicated to presenting a counter history, and was clearly made to impress and influence the audience against the Soviets. Seen today it still leaves a strong impression. The ravages of the civil war and the battles between different political groups are conveyed through the gruesome im­ages of dead bodies in various states of decay. Viewers today can, however, enjoy the rare footage of a so-called agit-train with its onboard printing press used to help spread the Bolshevist message, which appears around the midpoint of the film.

Adelheid Heftberger

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