the World Socialist website Mehring Books is pleased to announce this The Tsar to Lenin (From the Tsar to Lenin), a documentary about the Russian Revolution of 1917, is now available on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video. Translations are available in Afrikaans, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil and Turkish.
The Tsar to LeninFirst released in 1937, it is an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution, from the mass uprising that overthrew the centuries-old tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik rebellion led by Lenin and Trotsky eight months later, which led to the founding of the state Caesarean section. The first socialist workers’ state, and the final victory, in 1921, of the new Soviet regime over the counter-revolutionary forces supported by the imperialist countries, particularly Great Britain, France, the United States and Japan, after a civil war broke out. It lasted three years.
David North, international editor-in-chief of the WSWS, notes in his introduction to the film’s centenary edition: “From the Tsar to Lenin is one of the most important films made in the twentieth century. Its subject is the Russian Revolution of 1917. The viewer never ceases to be amazed when he sees himself witnessing the events that… It changed the course of human history.Before the era of television, its ubiquitous presence, and its instantaneous 24-hour coverage, there was something miraculous about capturing and preserving history on film.
Based on archival footage collected over more than a decade by legendary director Herman Axelbaink (1900-1979), The Tsar to Lenin It constitutes an unprecedented cinematic testimony to a revolutionary movement that brought together millions of people, which “shocked the world” and changed the course of history. The novel of Max Eastman (1883-1969), the pioneering American radical, conveys with emotion and humanity the drama and pathos of revolution.
The film’s wide accessibility on Amazon’s streaming service comes at a time when masses of people are embarking on a path of struggle. The genocide taking place in Gaza, supported by all the world’s imperialist governments, is contributing to the profound radicalization of the working class and youth around the world.
Moreover, the Gaza genocide – which comes after decades of sustained war, attacks on working-class living standards, and a pandemic that has killed more than 20 million people – sends a message to large segments of the global population that there is a need to restore Radical organization of social and economic life.
in History of the Russian RevolutionTrotsky wrote: “The indisputable feature of revolution is the direct intervention of the masses in historical events.” This process has been revived in the 21st century.
As North explains, “Seventy-five years after its premiere, the film’s importance has only grown The Tsar to Lenin Still intact. Indeed, the new wave of historical falsification resulting from the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 gives this film exceptional importance. In a new period of global capitalist crisis – characterized by economic collapse, widespread social inequality, and rising militarism – The Tsar to Lenin It bears witness to a moment in history when socialist ideals inspired the greatest revolutionary movement in world history.
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