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Identifier:

  • 1997.17.9, 1997.17.10, 1997.17.11 (Source: Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum)

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Frank L. Kreznar

Languages:

English

Length:

3 reels (2079 ft)

Format:

16mm

Colour:

Colour

Sound:

Sound

Awards/Recognition:

Human Studies Film Archives list of amateur works

Description:

"Edited film created by Frank L. Kreznar, an award winning amateur filmmaker, with assistance from his wife during a guided tour of the Soviet Union in 1965. Film consists of footage of Moscow and Leningrad mainly of public places with a special emphasis on historically important buildings. Throughout the footage Kreznar shows modern apartment buildings as they are being constructed, with his commentary discussing the Soviets’ efforts to modernize the territories under their control and the recent population growth in these cities. Kreznar is also interested in the modes of public transportation in each city – such as street cars or the metro in Moscow. Kreznar notes that most automobile production in the Soviet Union focuses on trucks for work while cars are considered a rare luxury for private citizens. He also discusses the high volume of pedestrian traffic. Kreznar also takes an interest in religion in this footage, showing churches in disrepair or having been de-sanctified and converted into housing, museums, or other government administrated buildings. Kreznar notes that this is due to the Soviet government’s anti-religious policy, but he also shows some churches under recently started restoration due to the government’s realization of the touristic value of these sites. Film includes occasional shots of people working, mainly in outdoor produce markets. Women are shown doing road construction in Moscow as well as various public parks, swimming pools, and other public recreation areas, with a special emphasis on how the Soviet government has given children places to play," Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum.

Resources:

Each reel is a different entry and location at the Human Studies Film Archives.

Locations:

  • Russia (Filming)

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Repository:

Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD