|TSAR ✭ TO ✭ LENIN - The Definitive Documentary Film Record of the Russian Revolution|
|Date||Thursday October 26|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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|Room 51, Berkeley City College 2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704|
This Thursday the International
Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) invite you to
view a special and rare screening of Tsar to Lenin.
Tsar to Lenin, first released in 1937, ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, and the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war.
Based on archival footage assembled over more
than a decade by the legendary Herman Axelbank (1900-1979), Tsar
to Lenin provides an unparalleled film record of a
revolutionary movement, embracing millions, which “shook the
world” and changed the course of history. The narration by Max
Eastman (1883-1969), the pioneer American radical, conveys with
emotion and humanity the drama and pathos of the revolution.
Hailed by film critics as a masterpiece upon its premier, Tsar
to Lenin aroused fierce opposition from those who
feared the consequences of its truthful portrayal of events.
First, the Stalinist organizations—which could not abide the
documentary’s depiction of the leading role played by Leon
Trotsky in the revolution and civil war—threatened a boycott of
theaters that showed the film. Later, during the McCarthyite era
and the Cold War, public showings of Tsar to Lenin
were all but impossible.
Eighty years after its premier, the importance of
Tsar to Lenin remains undiminished. Indeed, the
fresh wave of historical falsification provoked by the
dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 lends to this film
exceptional relevance. In a new period of global capitalist
crisis, Tsar to Lenin bears witness to a moment
in history when socialist ideals inspired the greatest
revolutionary movement in world history.