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Russia/Soviet Union

People of the Cities: Urban Life. (The Russians Series).

Shows a trolley bus driver in Moscow, a brigadier of a gang of dock workers in Odessa, and a doctor and his family in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in their day-to-day lives in cities in the Soviet Union. Also examines more about the urban structure of Russian cities. 1979. 33 min.

People of the Country: Rural Collectivism. (The Russians Series).

Visits a collective farm in Kuban cossack country and Byelorussia in the Soviet Union, showing attempts to industrialize agriculture and to tame Siberia, the new frontier. Visits a collective farm in Kuban cossack country and Byelorussia in the Soviet Union, showing attempts to industrialize agriculture and to tame Siberia, the new frontier. 1979. 30 min.

Power in the Kremlin.

The United States and the western alliance. The problem of international debt (Conversations; 64-66).

Power Trip.

Documentary on the clash of cultures when an American energy company, struggling against an environment of corruption, assassination, and street rioting in Tblisi, tries to turn the state owned electricity company into a private business where users will have to pay for electricity. Directed, edited, & produced by Paul Devlin. 2003. 85 min.

Prisoners of the Past(Red Empire; 7)

Sian Phillips narrates this look at modern Russian history. In the 1960s, Lenin's ideal of individual rights has still not materialized, the people are restless, and rebellion and dissidence is quickly crushed. Then the old guard fails when Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko all die within a three year period setting the stage for Mikhail Gorbachev. 1990. 54 min.

Reckoning: 1945--and After (World at War; 25).

This program looks at the occupation of Germany after World War II by the United States, Russia, Britain and France according to the arrangements made at Yalta. Also examines the beginnings and causes of the power struggle that ensues between the United States and Russia.

Red Files: Secrets of the Russian Archives Revealed,

Red files exposes a fascinating view of history from the Soviet perspective. The 4 part series features interviews with key Soviet participants, never-before-seen film archives and declassified dossiers. 1999. 108 min. each tape. Part 1-2: Part 1: To the West, they were traitors. To the Soviet Union, they were heroes. Now free to speak, Western and Soviet agents paint a fascinating portrait of espionage. Part 2: In the early 1950s Stalin launched a massive Soviet sports program to demonstrate to the world that communism was superior to capitalism.

Red Flag, 1917.( The People's Century)

When Lenin's Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace in 1917, they did so in the name of a new ideology. Millions were drawn by its promise. In this film the people who were there--from members of the Red Guard to party activists to students--explain how Communism appealed to their deepest hopes and dreams. Through them, we hear how Communist leadership, under Vladimir Lenin and later, Joseph Stalin, compromised the proletarian ideal--and how hope eventually gave way to despair. 56 min.

Reds. (1981)

The true story of the love affair of John Reed, American Communist, journalist and activist and Louise Bryant, writer and feminist. Woven into the story are America's great playwright, Eugene O'Neill, anarchist and feminist, Emma Goldman, Bolshevik leader, Gregory Zinoviev and other notable figures whose lives were shaken by the Russian Revolution. Performers: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton. 195 min.

Reign of Terror: An Interview with Shamil Basayev

Russian journalist Andrei Babitsky conducts an interview with the Chechen rebel leader some call Russia's Osama bin Laden. Basayev discusses his motivations for the Beslan school massacre, the takeover of the Dubrovka Theatre in Moscow, and other terrorist atrocities, as well as his expectations for the future, including his own fate. As documentation of the terrorist mind-set, this program has few equals. Originally broadcast on July 28, 2005 as a segment of Nightline. Dist.: Films Media Group. 24 min.