Skip to main content

THE RUSSIAN MIRACLE, PART ONE

East Germany, 1963 (MIFF 1964)

Director: Annelie Thorndike, Andrew Thorndike

Annelie und Andrew Thorndike, directors of the notable compilation films, The German Story and Operation Teutonic Sword, have now produced, after more than four years of research, The Russian Miracle. The first part of the film utilising old films — some completely unknown, others rescued from forgotten archives — covers the history of Russia from the beginning of the century up to 1922. Carefully con­structed, it is in two main sections, the first showing life in Tsarist Times, the second describing the Inter­vention campaign. These two sections have interlocking reference!! and multiple flashbacks, which bind the whole together in an intricate form.

Skilful use of specially prepared maps is effective in describing the long march of prisoners on their way to exile in Siberia.

The value of the film lies in its use of archive material and the imagination and clarity with which it is organ­ised in a mammoth tribute to the Russian Revolution.

See also...

NAKED AMONG WOLVES

The most naturalistic films about the last war have come from the Communist countries — Czechoslo­vakia, Poland, Russia, and now, East Germany. The Iron Curtain countries view it with grey ... More »

Measure for Measure

An animated film, satirising individuals who make in­ferior goods whilst expounding the need for craftsmanship. ... More »

PROFESSOR MAMLOCK

Friedrich Wolf's play has been filmed before by the U.S.S.R., but this version is directed by the author's son who also co-directed a previous festival film, Stars. ... The story begins early in ... More »

Matches

The consequences of a dance of matches comprises this cautionary film. ... More »

THE ADVENTURES OF WERNER HOLT

Werner Holt has not had a real home since his parents were divorced. As a loyal member of the Hitler Youth he despises his father, who has fallen into disgrace with the authorities because of his ... More »

LOVE'S CONFUSION

Dieter is a medical student, Sonia is studying art, Siegi works in an office, Eddy is a mason. Dieter and Sonia are in love, so are Siegi and Eddy. But Siegi is fickle and Dieter is unsure of ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director