Pudovkin's epic The End of St Petersburg is the most complex work of his brilliant career. The film was made to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and it is a gripping recreation of the events of 1917 as well as the conditions and events that led to revolution. It is a remarkable interweaving of sub-plots, motifs and historical references, realised through a mix of cinematic techniques, which Vance Kepley Jr. traces and clarifies in his enlightening analysis of the film that forms the centre of this companion. He also explores the production circumstances that shaped the film and its reception, establishing its key place in both Russian and world cinema.
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