The year is 1919. German troops retreat from Ukraine. The Directory, the Ukrainian national government lead by Symon Petliura, takes control of Kyiv. Meanwhile, the Bolshevik division commanded by Mykola Shchors is marching on the capital. The Bolsheviks capture the cities of Vinnytsia, Zhmerynka, and others one by one, but lose Berdychiv to Petliura’s forces. They are demoralized by the defeat. By his personal example of courage and military skill, Shchors inspires the retreating Red troops and leads them to victory over the enemy.
This film was made as a Ukrainian answer to the Vasiliev brothers’ revolutionary epic, Chapaev, much praised by Joseph Stalin. Chapaev was considered the epitome of Socialist Realism, the new art aesthetic whose primary mission was to instill the dogmas of Communist ideology. In an ironic twist of fate, Oleksander Dovzhenko, at Stalin’s personal instigation, glorifies the Bolsheviks, whose armies he himself fought during Ukraine’s wars of liberation.
Source………..: DVD9 Retail
DVD Format…….: PAL
DVD Size………: DVD9
Video Bitrate….: ~7000 kb/s
Screen Format….: Fullscreen 4:3
Audio Language…: Russian
Audio Format…..: DD 2.0
Menu………….: [X] Untouched, intact.
Video…………: [X] Untouched, intact.
DVD Extras…….: [X] Untouched, intact.
Subtitles:Ukrainian, Russian, English, Francais