Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This first movie adaptation of Constantin Ferdin's novel Cities and Years was filmed silent, then released in U.S. with a synchronous soundtrack. Ivan Tchuveley plays Andre, a young Russian artist living in Berlin at the time of WWI. Comes the revolution, and Andre returns to Russia, wholeheartedly embracing communism. But when an old friend, a German officer now wanted by the Red police, stumbles into his home, Andre agrees to help the man escape. For this "betrayal" of the Soviet cause, Andre is dispassionately killed by his own brother.
allegiance, artist, betrayal, brother, Communism, death, Divided-loyalties, escape, friendship, officer, resistance, revolution, war