- Actors: Natalya Akimova, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Aleksandr Baluev, Galina Anisimova, Marat Basharov
- Directors: Vladimir Khotinenko, russian history, russian movies
- Producers: RUSSIA TV STATION 1
- Format: NTSC, Color, Import, Miniseries
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 3
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Russia TV Station 1
- Run Time: 520 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B006X55HS6
END OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE/GIBEL IMPERIJ
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A Masterpeace of a Russian Miniseries. The Fall of the Great Russian Empire is the main storyline of this 10 episode mini series, however, every episode has a separate detective story of its own. First of all, the atmosphere is recreated perfectly; the settings, the costumes, the way the actors communicate and behave all feels like the beginning of the greatest century - the 20th century. Every character is convincing from his very first appearance on the screen to the last. Krasko, Makovetskiy & Khamatova are clearly the best leading actors of the film, while the one-episode appearances by Lykov, Trukhin and many other popular actors make you wonder how extremely talented modern Russian actors actually are. Mikhail Truhin's role in one of the last episodes is a huge discovery for me, I mean, we all remember (I'm speaking about the Russian audience here) him as Volkov in the Ulitsy Razbitikh Fonarey series, but I could never imagine that he actually is such a great actor. Even the popular Baluev, who always has the same face expression is interesting to watch as a physically and mentally damaged veteran of the Russian-Japanese War. Though all the episodes are certainly connected by a deep historical storyline, each feels like a separate great film. All the 10 stories are interesting and captivating. This period in Russian history was a taboo during Soviet times, we don't have a lot of films that show us the Imperical Russia in a good way, or at least in an unbiased way. But Gibel Imperii (The Fall of the Empire in English) tells us about that time.
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I can only say, if you are interested in historical topics, you will be greatly rewarded. My knowledge of the Russian language, is probably extremely poor.
Nevertheless, this miniseries kept me glued to the tube for many hours.
The journey through scenes of spectacular beauty, felt like walking through the St.Petersburg Eremitage museum. Superb acting even helped me to understand the storyline to about 80 %. Some of the russian stars are well known actors now in the west, like the very impressionate Chulpan Khamatosov (Goodbye Lenin, Tuvalu...).
The series is a melangery of war stories, dreams, illusions and exoticness.
Sherlock Holmes like characters chasing austrian and german spies through Kiev and St.Petersburg. A higher rank russian Police Office tries to negotiate his traumatic
experience, of having been a prisoner of war in Japan (1905 russo japanese war).
Having met and lost there the love of his live: The wife of a japanese Officer.
In between are stunning CGI graphics of modern WW1 weapon systems: A Large Caliber Siege artillery cannon, a Zeppelin, a minelaying Submarine, and several Battle Cruisers. The effect of a german byplane fighter, dropping iron bold-arrow amunition on a marching column, portraits some rare grittiness on screen.
Many of the issue's involving the russian revolution and the civil war, are now being unraveled, in a fashion, that was impossible of being portrait in soviet times.