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Tsar to Lenin film showing - January 30th Portland Central Library

The IYSSE and Socialist Equality Party present a free showing of Tsar to Lenin at the Multnomah County Public Library - Central Branch on January 13 (Sunday) at 1PM. *****This is a free event.
Tsar to Lenin
Tsar to Lenin
The Socialist Equality Party & International Youth and Students for Social Equality are pleased to present Herman Axelbank's film Tsar to Lenin to a new audience who are seeking to understand under what circumstances capitalism was first overthrown. In 1937 the New York Post called Tsar to Lenin "The most vital and absorbing film in the history of the movies." A three minute trailer of the film is available here. Please make plans to attend this showing on Sunday, January 13. It is "the definitive film record of the 1917 Russian Revolution". Film showing details are below. This is a free event. About the film Tsar to Lenin, first released in 1937, ranks among the twentieth century's greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution?from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers' state, and the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war. Based on archival footage assembled over more than a decade by the legendary Herman Axelbank (1900-1979), Tsar to Lenin provides an unparalleled film record of a revolutionary movement, embracing millions, which "shook the world" and changed the course of history. http://tsartolenin.com/ The narration by Max Eastman (1883-1969), the pioneer American radical, conveys with emotion and humanity the drama and pathos of the revolution. Hailed by film critics as a masterpiece upon its premier, Tsar to Lenin aroused fierce opposition from those who feared the consequences of its truthful portrayal of events. First, the Stalinist organizations?which could not abide the documentary's depiction of the leading role played by Leon Trotsky in the revolution and civil war?threatened a boycott of theaters that showed the film. Later, during the McCarthyite era and the Cold War, public showings of Tsar to Lenin were all but impossible. Seventy-five years after its premier, the importance of Tsar to Lenin remains undiminished. Indeed, the fresh wave of historical falsification provoked by the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 lends to this film exceptional relevance. In a new period of global capitalist crisis, Tsar to Lenin bears witness to a moment in history when socialist ideals inspired the greatest revolutionary movement in world history. Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 1 PM Multnomah Central Library 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR

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Dover 06.Jan.2013 09:37

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Does the film explain how the Bolshevik criminals imprisoned and murdered leftists from other parties in their effort to seize all power for themselves? Does the film explain Zorin's view that free speech is a "bourgeois superstition"? Does the film explain why the largest rations went to Communist party members? Or why the Cheka were getting a cut of every black market transaction? Or how the Bolsheviks declared Nestor Makhno an outlaw and sent in the Red Army to murder the Ukrainian anarchists? Or the murder of the Kronstadt sailors? Or how the Odessa communist bureaucrats worked from noon to 3pm? Lenin's mass arrests of anarchists across Russian? Trotsky's order to attack an anarchist headquarters in April 1918? The Volga famine in the summer of 1921 due to Bolshevik incompetence, which delayed the sowing of seeds? Read about all this and more in Emma Goldman's My Disillusionment in Russia.

stop asking so many questions comrade! 07.Jan.2013 13:13

Clyde

Questions like those are dangerous and will cause the proletariat to begin doubting their Communist party overlords, who only have their best interests at heart.

We just need to crush dissent and keep dangerous questions and ideas quiet until the revolution is complete. Then they'll know we were right all along. The masses are not smart enough to see the grand scheme. Sure, they may have to starve and risk the gulag for speaking their minds, but that is a small price to pay for the glorious revolution.