Konets Sankt-Peterburga / The End of St. Petersburg

TitleKonets Sankt-Peterburga / The End of St. Petersburg
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1927
AuthorsPudovkin, Vsevolod
Running Time1h 25min
Date Released12/14/1997
CountrySoviet Union
Publication LanguageRussian intertitles

The End of St. Petersburg is a 1927 silent film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin. Commissioned to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution in 1917, The End of St Petersburg was to be one of Pudovkin's most famous films and secured his place as one of the foremost Soviet montage film directors. The End of St. Petersburg is a political film, explaining why and how the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917. The film does not show the political figures of the time; the emphasis is on the struggle of ordinary people for their rights and for peace against the power of capital and the autocracy. A simple peasant boy arrives in St. Petersburg to obtain employment. Fate leads him to a factory where there are severe, almost slave-like working conditions. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. He attempts to fix his wrongdoing but ends up in a fight and then arrested. As a result, he is conscripted to fight in World War I. After three years, he returns ready to fight for revolution. The film forms part of Pudovkin's "revolutionary trilogy", alongside Mother (1926) and Storm Over Asia (1928).

Original PublicationКонец Санкт-Петербурга
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