The Siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad

DVD - 2014
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In Michael Kloft's astonishing documentary, British historian Anna Reid uses eyewitness accounts and files of the Soviet secret police to help bring to light what actually happened in Leningrad during the siege. Rarely seen film and photographic material, original diaries and documents from the time illustrate the tragedy.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Branch Call Number: 947.21 SIEGE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (50 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Biblitz
Feb 05, 2017

Disappointing due to sound problems. Brain-dead decision to super-impose English audio over Russian survivors relaying their grim tales in Russian with the result that neither speaker is audible. Hint to filmmaker: subtitles - preferably in big yellow ltrs. Second problem: While UK's Anna Reid may be a credible youngish scholar of the terrible siege, she wasn't actually there. Frankly, that superior nasal accent of hers is both offensive and insulting when clearly there were Russian survivors/experts ready, willing and able to deliver their own narrative.

Worth seeing for the vintage footage and a few shocking revelations post-Stalin gag orders, but not nearly as good as The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_Symphonies:_Shostakovich_Against_Stalin.

C20T11 Mar 21, 2016

Terrific Movie.!

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jaketaz777
Mar 19, 2015

voice over translator was pretty much un-heard and so i stopped trying to hear it. But it is probably a good documentary

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richard259
Jan 19, 2015

This is a very interesting documentary and should be rated higher. The reason I did not rate it higher is because the english translation voice over is at the same volume and time as the russian language making it very difficult to understand

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