Fragment of an Empire

Fragment of an Empire

Director: Friedrich Ermler Cast: Emil Gal, Sergei Gerasimov, Yakov Gudkin

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

Described by historian Paul Rotha as "the epitome of the Soviet propaganda film, realized with extraordinary skill of technical achievement," Fragment of an Empire was the first important film effort by director Frederick Ermler. Combining documentary techniques with straight dramatic narrative, the film focuses on a sergeant in the army of the Czar who loses track of his lovely wife. By the time he's discovered that his bride has re-married to an aristocrat, the sergeant has experienced a political epiphany, disdaining Imperialism in favor of the burgeoning Bolshevist movement. The protagonist's turnaround is counterpointed with spectacular shots of growing social unrest throughout Russia. American film critics, traditionally resistant to propaganda films in the early 1930s, felt that Fragment of an Empire contained enough of the "popular" elements to enjoy a successful U.S. release.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2019
UPC: 0617311686597
Original Release: 1929
Rating: NR
Source: Flicker Alley
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 17,859

Special Features

Restoring Fragment of an Empire: A demonstration of the film's restoration produced by film restorer Robert Byrne; Narration Track: Commentary track featuring Russian film historian and Curator Peter Bagrov and film restorer Robert Byrne; Poster Gallery: Original poster artwork and vintage marketing materials; Souvenir Booklet: Featuring an essay by Russian film historian and curator, Peter Bagrov on the historical importance of this film in Soviet Cinema

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fragment of an Empire
255. Chapter Select
1. Opening Credits [:05]
2. Retreating [1:14]
3. Bury Them [8:31]
4. Epoch [8:24]
5. Officer Filmonov [8:40]
6. St. Petersburg [10:33]
7. All Equal [7:05]
8. Not Registered [11:05]
9. Fabcom [:01]
10. Getting Acquainted [7:24]
11. The Master [10:47]
12. Natasha [10:43]
13. Revolution and Culture [7:36]
14. Chapter 14 [10:14]
15. Chapter 15 [6:18]

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