In October 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power during the Russian Revolution. Katrin Rothe’s animated documentary "The Real October” tells the stories of a range of historical figures who experienced the upheaval.
Kathrin Rothe tells the stories of a range of historical figures who experienced the upheaval: including Maxim Gorki and Kazimir Malevich.
Based partly on hitherto unavailable sources, as well as diaries, newspaper reports and literary works, the award-winning director Katrin Rothe examines what is still known as the "October Revolution” from various perspectives. Her approach is novel: it is the first time the story of the revolution has been told from the point of view of artists who were involved at the time. What happened in Saint Petersburg, known back then as Petrograd, in the time between the revolts in February that ousted the tsars and the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks in October?
During this period of "Provisional Government”, when power was shared between the parliament, the Duma, and the workers’ and soldiers’ councils, the Soviets, Russia descended into chaos. As the First World War raged, it found itself without a constitution. Why did a popular, parliamentarian democracy not take root? What effect did the returns of Lenin and Trotsky in the springtime have on the situation? What side was the military on and who else had access to firepower?
Our documentary is a cinematic and artistic re-telling of the story of the Russian Revolution.
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