Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Diary of a Revolutionist, to the surprise of no one, was as propagandistic as its title. Opening with the obligatory shots of a May Day celebration in Moscow, the film then cuts to the leading character, Fedor Rybakon (G.V. Muzalevsky), who while jotting down notes about the festival in his diary, flashes back to his own role in the Soviet Revolution. Much of the story is focused upon Rybakon's successful offensive against the counter-revolutionary forces in the years just following WWI. The film's most interesting characters are the capitalistic villains, and the actors seize every opportunity to curl their lips and roll their eyeballs to show how nasty they are. The film's production values are excellent, but its entertainment value is negligible.
revolution, parade, reminiscence, war