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History Revisited

State Funeral Sergei Loznitsa

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After The Event and The Trial, Sergei Loznitsa continues his remarkable visual history of the former USSR with State Funeral. Made entirely from images – mostly never before seen – of Stalin’s funeral in March 1953, the film is as spectacular as the ceremonies themselves. It immerses us in a world where the cult of personality reached a paroxysm, and where history and propaganda were as one. Through the mind-boggling grandiosity and grotesqueness of the commemorations, the film explores the complex construction of Stalin’s image, celebrated as a great humanist in political speeches, elevated to the status of benevolent and all-powerful god. A god who was soon set aside, yet who continues to haunt us.

State Funeral

  • Country : Netherlands, Lithuania
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : Russian
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 135 MIN
  • Editing : Danielius Kokanauskis
  • Production : Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova
  • Sound Design : Vladimir Golovnitski
Filmography of Sergei Loznitsa :

Blockade (2005)
In the Fog (2012)
Maidan (2014)
The Event (2015)
Austerlitz (2016)
Victory Day (2018)
Donbass (2018)
The Trial (2018)

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