Nearly a full century of Russian history
August 30, 2010 11:38 AM   Subscribe

RussianFilter: Historical Chronicles with Nikolai Svanidze is an ongoing Russian television documentary series which, starting with 1901, picks out one person per year, every year, of the 100 years of the 20th century in Russia. It's entirely in Russian, of course, but for them as speaks it, it's one fascinating perspective on Russian history, with excellent narration, copious detail, and fascinating interconnections of events, people and places. All of the episodes that are available through Google Video and various other sources, and

1901 — Departure Point
1902Savva Morozov
1903 — Ivan Pavlov
1904 — Anton Chekhov
1905Sergei Witte
1906Aleksandr Blok
1907Maxim Gorky
1908Ilya Mechnikov
1909Yevno Azef
1910Lev Tolstoy
1911Pyotr Stolipin
1912Sergei Diaghilev
1913Ilya Repin
1914Nicholas II of Russia
1915Grigori Rasputin
1916Alexandra Romanova
1917Lenin and Trotsky in October
1918Lev Trotsky
1919Anton Denikin
1920Pyotr Vrangel
1921Mikhail Tukhachevsky
1922Felix Dzerzhinsky
1923Vsevolod Meyerhold
1924Vladimir Lenin
1925Sergei Yesenin
1926 — Women and Terror
1927Kamenev and Zinoviev
1928Dmitry Lihachev
1929 — Russian Kulaks
1930Vladimir Mayakovsky
1931Pyotr Kapitsa
1932Joseph Stalin
1933Genrikh Yagoda
1935Sergei Kirov
1936Andrei Vishinsky
1937 — Children of Terror
1938Vavilov and Lysenko
1939Nikolai Kryuchkov
1940Semyon Timoshenko
1941, pt. 2Konstantin Simonov
1942Klavdiya Shulzhenko
1943Aleksandr Vasilevsky
1944Konstantin Rokossovsky
1945Georgy Zhukov
1946Anna Akhmatova
1947Solomon Mikhoels
1948Nikolai Starostin
1949Temptation of the Bomb
1950Viktor Abakumov
1951Aleksandr Vertinsky
1952–1953Stalin and Beria
1953Lavrentiy Beria
1954Georgy Malenkov
1955Nikita Khrushchev
1956Alexander Fadeyev
1957Yves_Montand versus Nikita Khrushchev
1958Pasternak and Eduard Streltsov
1959Metropolitan Nikolai
1960 — Alexei Larionov
1961 — Khrushchev: The Beginning of the End
1962Aleksandr Tvardovsky
1963Innokenty Smoktunovsky
1964Mikhail Suslov
1965Aleksei Kosygin
1966Leonid Brezhnev
1967Yuri Nagibin
1968Andrei Sakharov
1969Korney Chukovsky
1970 — Lenin
1971 — The Ballerina and the Tsar
1972Marina Tsvetaeva
1973Andrei Gromyko
1974Donatas Banionis
1975Elem Klimov
1976Dmitriy Ustinov
1977Yuri Nikulin
1979Vasily Aksyonov
1982, pt.2 pt.3 pt.4 pt.5Margaret Thatcher
posted by cthuljew (8 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Very, very, cool.
posted by atrazine at 11:57 AM on August 30, 2010

It's an absolutely wonderful series; I'm up to 1931 (haven't watched 'em all, but haven't gone beyond that), and this post will be very helpful in continuing. Even if you don't speak Russian, you might give 'em a try just for the historical footage. Thanks for the post!
posted by languagehat at 12:12 PM on August 30, 2010

Fascinating! I hope it's not charged with the gross revisionism that seems to be the stock in trade in Russia.

I'll start with Nikulin 1977. This may seem downright incomprehensible to US readers, but clowns were among some of the most recognizable and beloved Soviet "cultural workers" and public celebrities, even when TV became omnipresent. And Nikulin was, without a doubt, one of the genre's brightest stars for decades, from stage and circus routines, to film, to a later career as a talk show guest and host.
posted by Nomyte at 1:47 PM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

posted by vkxmai at 4:13 PM on August 30, 2010

much thanks, nomyte - i'd be happy reading a whole post on Yuri Nikulin alone!
posted by sawdustbear at 5:10 PM on August 30, 2010

Good lord, Nikulin played the Monk Patrikey in one of the greatest Russian movies, Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev! (He's not even mentioned in that Wikipedia article, but his role isn't insignificant; he's in a couple of scenes, and winds up being tortured by the Little Prince in "The Raid.") I'd love to see a post on him.
posted by languagehat at 5:40 PM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

Man, I was so careful, and I still let one underscore slip by. Whole post ruined.
posted by cthuljew at 6:14 PM on August 30, 2010

I totally missed an episode, for those following along:

1917Aleksandr Kerensky

This episode comes before the other 1917 episode.
posted by cthuljew at 7:31 AM on September 22, 2010

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