Chelovek S Ruzhyom (1936)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama, Propaganda Film  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Though its English-language title suggests a western or crime picture, Man With the Gun is actually a Soviet flag-waver about the toppling of the Kerensky government back in 1917. Though Alexander Kerenksy himself is never seen, his political foes Lenin and Stalin are well in evidence, portrayed respectively by M. Shtraukh and M. Gelovani. Not surprisingly, Kerensky's followers are depicted as ineffectual bullies, while Lenin and Stalin are regarded as Gods on Earth, insuring that the Russian peasantry will never again have to fear oppression from "the man with the gun." To "personalize" the story, emphasis is placed upon a humble Soviet soldier (Boris Tenin) who sets the machinery in motion to throw the rascals out, thereby making Russia safe for the glories of Marxist-Leninism.

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bully, Communism, oppression, peasant, propaganda, rebel, soldier