Russia: from Tsars to the USSR - Videos & Movies

             Russia and the USSR (1905-1941)                - Videos & Movies -  

            These videos have been selected according to their historical content relevance and  their images. They are for you to watch, learn and enjoy, don´t give up if you don´t understand the telling contents: the documentary films weren´t selected mainly taking account of the English level.

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The Russian Revolution in Colour (FULL - 1:33)


This is a 2-part British documentary on the Russian Revolution, featuring colourised original footage, dramatic recreations and expert historians.

This is owned by the Discovery Channel . Used primarily for educational purposes.

 ThumbnailThe Russian Revolution In Colour Part 1 - Freedom And Hope

    Part One, Freedom and Hope, looks at the hope and optimism behind the events of 1917 in Russia, as seen through the eyes of sailors on the Kronstadt naval base.    


ThumbnailThe Russian Revolution In Colour Part 2 - Fear And Paranoia

     Part Two, Fear and Paranoia, looks at the lost optimism and growing terror of the Bolshevik regime in Russia from 1918 onward.             Included in this part are the massacre of Tsar Nicholas' family, thecivil war, and the seizure of power by the bolsheviks.

The Russian Revolution - Timeline with John Rees

October: Ten Days That Shook the World - Sergei M. Eisenstein (FULL - 1:42)

                   October: Ten Days That Shook the World (Russian: Октябрь (Десять дней, которые потрясли мир); translit. Oktyabr': Desyat' dney kotorye potryasli mir) is a Soviet silent film Classic premiered in 1928 by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov, sometimes referred to simply as October in English.

    It is a celebratory dramatization of the 1917 October Revolution. The title is taken from the American journalist John Reed's book (Ten Days that Shook the World) on the October Revolution, which Reed experienced firsthand.

     Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 2 in B major, Opus 14 and subtitled To October, for the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution.
It was first performed by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra a on 5 November 1927.

    Shostakovich later revisited the events of the October Revolution in his Twelfth Symphony, subtitled The Year 1917.

    In 1966, Dimitri Shostakovich wrote a new soundtrack for the film, which later appeared as a tone poem 'October' Op.131 where Shostakovich's famous 'Partisan' theme makes an appearance. This soundtrack is the one used on most DVD releases of the film.

The First Minutes of October: Ten Days that Shook the World, by S. Eisenstein

The First Minutes of October

October! - The storming of the Winter Palace

        One of the most famous propaganda scenes in history is Sergei Eisenstein's representation of Bolshevik Red Guards storming the Winter Palace in October 1917.
        The scene of the storming was based more on the 1920 re-enactment involving Vladimir Lenin and thousands of Red Guards, witnessed by 100,000 spectators, than the original occasion, which was far less photogenic.
        This scene is notable because it became the legitimate, historical depiction of the storming of the Winter Palace owing to the lack of print or film documenting the actual event, which led historians and filmmakers to use Eisenstein's recreation. This illustrates October's success as a propaganda film.

    October! - The storming of the Winter Palace

   Mystery of the Romanovs

        As over a century passes, mystery still plagues the final moments of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Amid a mess of skeletons unearthed in a desolate Siberian forest and proven to be those of the Tsar, his wife and three of their children, two remain missing. Could Anastasia and the Tsarevich Alexei have cheated death and escaped the night when Bolsheviks executed the last Imperial Family of Russia? Will the discovery of two more skeletons in 2007 only 60 meters away from skeletons found in 1991 seal the Romanov mystery?

        Bones thought to be those of Grand Duchess Anastasia and Tsarevich Alexei were discovered by archaeologists in a Yekaterinburg forest in 2007, and scientists from all over the world work to provide the most conclusive DNA analysis in 21st Century History.

    Mystery of the Romanovs - Part 1

    Mystery of the Romanovs - Part 2

    Mystery of the Romanovs - Part 3

   Mystery of the Romanovs - Part 4

   Mystery of the Romanovs - Part 5

               In the night of July 16-17, 1918, the Bolshevik secret police murdered Russia’s  last emperor, Tsar Nicholas II, along with his wife, Tsaritsa Alexandra, their 14-year-old son, Tsarevich Alexis, and their four daughters. They were cut down in a hail of gunfire in a half-cellar room of the house in Ekaterinburg, a city in the Ural mountain region, where they were being held prisoner.     The daughters were finished off with bayonets. To prevent a cult for the dead Tsar, the bodies were carted away to the countryside and hastily buried in a secret grave.