They Wanted Peace

A piece of Communist propaganda that shows the efforts of the early party leaders to combat the horrors of the Czarist regime. Originally released shortly after Stalin had made ties with Hitler, this film was one of many to portray then-contemporary political figures in fictionalized terms. Soviet filmmakers had hesitated to do this until urged on by Stalin,...read more

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A piece of Communist propaganda that shows the efforts of the early party leaders to combat the horrors of the Czarist regime. Originally released shortly after Stalin had made ties with Hitler, this film was one of many to portray then-contemporary political figures in fictionalized

terms. Soviet filmmakers had hesitated to do this until urged on by Stalin, who desperately wanted a film to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the October revolution. LENIN IN OCTOBER (1937) broke the ice, and others quickly followed. The tyrannical Stalin favored actor Gelovani's portrayal of

him; Gelovani was to enact the same role in more than 20 pictures. (In Russian; English subtitles.)

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