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Early
Russian Cinema

(1908-1919)

 

Contents: Volume One: Beginnings and Volume Two: Folklore and Legend; Volume Three: Starewiczs Fantasies; Volume Four: Provincial Variations; Volume Five: Chardynin' Pushkin; Volume Six: Class Distinctions; Volume Seven: Evgenii Bauer; Volume Eight: Iakov Protazanov; Volume Nine: High Society; Volume Ten: The End of an Era.

This complete nine-disc set of Russian and Soviet silent era films was originally produced by British Film Institute for release on VHS videotape, and in America was released by Milestone Film & Video. This DVD-R set completely encompasses the original 10-tape videotape set.

coverThe Milestone Cinematheque
2009 DVD edition

Early Russian Cinema [volumes 1-10] (1908-1919), black & white, 710 minutes total (approximate), not rated,
including Drama in a Gypsy Camp Near Moscow (1908), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, A Fish Factory in Astrakhan’ (1908), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, A Sixteenth Century Russian Wedding (1908), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Sten’ka Razin (1908), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Princess Tarakanova (1910), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Rusalka (1910), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Romance With a Double-Bass (1911), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Bratya Razboiniki [The Brigand Brothers] (1912), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, [volume three contents to come], The Wedding Day (1912), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Merchant Bashkirov’s Daughter (1913), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Queen of Spades (1910), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The House in Kolomna (1913), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Peasants’ Lot (1912), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Silent Witnesses (1914), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, A Child of the Big City (1914), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Daydreams (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The 1002nd Ruse (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Ukhad velikogo startsa [The Departure of a Great Old Man] (1912), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Pikovaya Dama [The Queen of Spades] (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Autosha Ruined by a Corset (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, A Life For a Life (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Funeral of Vera Kholodnaya (1919), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Revolutsioner [The Revolutionary] (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, For Luck (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Behind the Screen (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Milestone Film & Video, no catalog number (as set), no UPC number (as set).
Nine single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Russian language intertitles, permanent English language subtitles, chapter stops; nine slimline DVD keepcases, $200.00 (complete set).
Release date: 1 February 2009
Country of origin: USA
Originally produced for home video by the British Film Institute in 1991 and released in the USA on VHS videotape by Milestone Film & Video, this ten-volume (nine-disc) collection of prerevolutionary Russian film productions is now available on NTSC DVD-R discs.

The films are accompanied by musical accompaniment by Neil Brand.

For information regarding each individual volume, see these pages: Disc 1, Disc 2, Disc 3, Disc 4, Disc 5, Disc 6, Disc 7, Disc 8 and Disc 9.

 
These Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition are available directly from MILESTONE FILMS.
Other EVGENII BAUER films available on home video.

Other silent era YAKOV PROTAZANOV films available on home video.

Other RUSSIAN and SOVIET FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other SHORT DRAMA FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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