Synopsis by Hal Erickson
It is not altogether surprising that Russia's entry in Czechoslovakia's Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 1958 was Stories About Lenin. The anecdotal storyline begins with Vladimir Lenin's flight into Finland in 1917, and concludes with his ascension to power in the Soviet Union. Director Sergei Yutkevich inventively combines color photography with black-and-white, the better to accommodate vintage newsreel footage. The role of Lenin is played by M. Pastukhova, who certainly looks the part. Stories About Lenin is the second half of a two-part film; Part One was not released internationally, and reportedly isn't quite as well made.