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Russian Empire: Vol. 1 (DVD NTSC)

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Studio(s): CP Digital
DVD Region: ALL
2 DVD Set
Theatrical release: 2002
DVD release: 2004
Sound format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1
Language(s): Russian
Subtitles: English
Format: 4:3, Full Screen
Genre(s): Documentary

The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state.

"Russian Empire" required weeks of shooting in the Russian capitals and dozens of trips around the current and former territories of the country, to unique places which had never been filmed in the past. From a Polish village which Peter the Great once passed by, to the roofs of the Hermitage and tiny German towns from where the Russian empresses had come from. The program includes filming at the sites of battles fought by the Russian armies, from Rome to Beirut, and the sites of the national disasters from Sebastopol to Eastern Prussia. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documentational evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire.
The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of this country, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries.

Peter the Great (part 1)
The great embassy to England and Holland.
The morning of the archers’ execution.
The factories of Demidov and building up the military.
Founding of Saint-Petersburg.

Peter the Great (part 2)
Poltava battle and Prut expedition.
Conspiracy by czarevitch Alexei.
The new alphabet and the new calendar.
The death of the emperor and founding the shrine of the dynasty.

Anna Ioannovna and Elizaveta Petrovna
Biron, the Duke of Kurland, is the only favorite of empress Anna.
Ice House is the most cruel amusement of the czars.
Coup d’etat by Elizaveta.
University founding. Lomonosov.
Masquerades of the court.
The most luxuriant baroque. Winter and Ekaterininsky palaces by Rastrelli.
Seven Years War. Russian Cossacks in Berlin.

Katherine II (part 1)
Origin of princess Sophia Frederica Augusta, Katherine the great to be, her arrival to Russia.
Dethronement of Emperor Peter III, the husband of Katherine II.
Gentry becomes the privileged class.
The history of Saltychikha.
Russian-Turkish wars. Annexation of the Crimea. Conquering of the Ishmael fortress.
Katherine the Great as the teacher of her grandchildren.
Empress’s favorites.
Pugachev’s riot.

Katherine II (part 2)
Sledging hill – the ancestor of amusement parks.
Katherine II as the designer of the first coveralls and the first friend of Walter.
Potyomki villages – facts and tales.
Alaska – the Russian America
Annexation of Poland.
Rise of the Jewish issue.
A journey from Petersburg to Moscow.
The free town of Odessa.
Platosha Zubov – the last romance.



Script:
Leonid Parfenov

Cast:
Leonid Parfenov