When Lenin took power in October 1917, millions saw the ghosts of Marx and Engels rise behind him, in other words the promise of proletarian revolution, synonymous with equality and justice. Very quickly, the Bolshevik revolution became a universal model, and communism a true earthly religion, arousing hope, awakening enthusiasm, justifying all sacrifices. This extraordinary seduction lasted about ten years; it only waned at the end of the 1920s, with the failure of the German, Hungarian, Italian and Chinese revolutions, and above all with the coming to power of Stalin.
A film by Patrick Rotman, Patrick Barberis
Produced by Michel Rotman
Written by Patrice Chereau
Series of documentaries Faith of the Century
Utopia in Power (1917-1928) https://youtu.be/I7yS0LX9g24
This volume covers 1900 to 1928, a period which saw the death of Lenin, the creation of the KGB and the coming to power of Stalin.
The Two Faces of Communism (1929-1939) https://youtu.be/XR4orhWXxb4
This episode includes Stalin's purge, Communism the defender of democracy, the great famine of the Ukraine and the Spanish civil war.
The Peak Years (1940-1953) https://youtu.be/-sJUBYYbw_E
This episode includes the defeat of Germany, the take over of Eastern Europe, the Korean War and the Cold War.
End Without End (1953-1999) https://youtu.be/0QFKBfOMffg
This episode includes Stalin's death and Krushchev taking power, uprisings crushed in East Germany and Hungary, the propaganda of the space race, Castro taking over Cuba, Vietnam, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unleashing of freedom, the remnants of a discredited philosophy.
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