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Videos from Films on Demand
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Beslan: Seige of School No. 1
"This Wide Angle report investigates the bloodiest act of terrorism in Russia since Chechnya declared its independence. Based on firsthand testimony and rare footage from inside the school, Beslan explores the motivation of the hostage-takers, the Russian government’s failed effort to manage the crisis, and the calamity’s legacy for survivors, bereaved families, and Russia’s future stability."
Ivan the Terrible
This documentary presents a thorough biography of Russia’s despot of contradictions.
"With the help of rarely seen archival clips, photographs, and artworks, the film guides viewers through developments that anticipated the October Revolution, the milestones of the revolution itself, and the roles played by various allies and enemies of the Bolshevik government."
The People's Revolution
"Instigated in the name of the Russian people, the overthrow of Tsar Nicholas II was actually guided by moderates and aristocrats. What parallels can be drawn between the February and October Revolutions, and in what ways did the two events differ? Did the Tsar’s ouster set the stage for Lenin’s rise to power, or was it an attempt to stem the tide of true radicalism?"
Peter the Great
"The major part of the program is devoted to a portrait of the extraordinary and contradictory Tsar Peter the Great, the Oriental Russia into which he was born and the ways in which he turned Russia toward Europe, the problems he faced and the sometimes inventive and sometimes incredibly brutal ways in which he imposed solutions, the city he built, and the spirit he aroused—which is why he is considered the father of his country."
Putin: Stairway to Power
"This program tracks the career of Vladimir Putin from KGB spymaster for the U.S.S.R. to president of the Russian Federation. Footage of landmark events are featured, as well as archival interviews with former officials and Putin himself."
This program takes a close look at the expansion of Russia from the 14th to the early 20th century. Discusses Ivan the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Napoleon, Tsar Nicholas II, etc.
Russia's Last Czar
"This program presents the wrenching drama of the collapse of the centuries-old Romanov dynasty—a story of abdication, imprisonment, and assassination—against the backdrop of a nation under unendurable stress: military disasters, economic collapse, widespread unrest, and the rampant spread of Bolshevism."
Russian Film Hub
From site: "Legally watch hundreds of Russian and Soviet movies with English subtitles for free. You can filter by genre, decade, director, and more."