Kino-Pravda

Kino-Pravda No. 21

Leninskaja Kino-Pravda. Kinopoema o Lenine

(Lenin Kino-Pravda. A Film Poem About Lenin)

Issue Date: January 21, 1925
Duration: 32 min 28 sec (18 fps)
Directed by: Dziga Vertov
Produced by: Goskino (Kul'tkino)
Photographed by: Grigorii Giber, Aleksandr Levickii, Aleksandr Lemberg, Mikhail Kaufman, Petr Novitskii, Eduard Tisse
Length of existing print: 664m
First anniversary of Lenin's death: 1. Assassination attempt on Lenin and Soviet Russia's progress under his leadership / 2. Lenin's illness, death and funeral / 3. The year after Lenin's death

Glossary/Comments

Kult'kino Documentary department of Goskino headed by Vertov
Lenin Enrollment Large-scale admission of front-rank workers into the Russian Communist Party in 1924, after Lenin's death
Map The following cities and rivers can be seen on the map presented in this issue:
Top left: Нижний [Новгород] – Nizhnii [Novgorod]
[River flowing through: Волга – Volga]
To the east: Казань – Kazan'
Further east: Пермь – Perm'
River in between: Кама – Kama River
South of Nižnij: Пенза –  Penza
South of Penza: Саратов –  Saratov
South of Kazan': Симбирск – Simbirsk
Southeast of Simbirsk: Самара – Samara
South of Samara: Уральск – Ural'sk
In between: Сызрань – Syzran'
East of Samara: Уфа – Ufa
On the right side: Екатеринбург – Ekaterinburg
Encircled: Чехословаки – Czechoslovaks

RCP Russian Communist Party
Reconstruction The longest existing version of Kino-Pravda No. 21 (Length: 821m), reconstructed by the Munich Film Museum, is available on DVD, as well as Tri pesni o Lenine, for which Vertov drew extensively from Kino-Pravda No. 21.
Red Terror A period of political repression and mass killings carried out by Bolsheviks after the beginning of the Russian Civil War in 1918.
Smychka A political term in Soviet Russia meaning "alliance," most often used in reference to the "alliance of the city and the village" (between workers and peasants)

02:13–02:21
1918, Czech troops, allies of the White army, captured the Volga region of Russia
 
02:26–03:39
1919, retreat of the Czech troops

05:46
[Intertitle:] The Comintern
 
18:44–18:49
[In this shot:] Lenin's sister Anna
 
22:14–22:17
[In this shot:] Lenin's sister Marija
 
22:18–22:22
[In this shot:] Lenin's sister Anna
 
32:07–32:10
"Alliance" [The alliance is smychka]
 
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