FRAGMENT OF AN EMPIRE

OBLOMOK IMPERII

By Fridrikh ERMLER

SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL - as FEST

Drama - Completed 1929

Filimonov, drafted into the tsar’s army during World War I, becomes a total amnesiac due to shell shock. He begins to regain his memory a few years later and is at pains to understand what happened as his country has been thoroughly transformed by the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917.

Festivals
& Awards

BFI London FF 2018
Treasures
    • Year of production
    • 1929
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, RUSSIAN
    • Duration
    • 109 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Fridrikh ERMLER
    • Synopsis
    • Fagment of an Empire concerns a young man, Filimonov, drafted into the tsar’s army during World War I, who becomes a total amnesiac due to shell shock. He begins to regain his memory a few years later and is at pains to understand what happened as his country has been thoroughly transformed by the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917.

      Based primarily on a 35mm print held at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, this restoration of Fragment of an Empire is supplemented with a 35mm nitrate print from the Swiss Cinémathèque, which provided the original Russian intertitles for Acts 2–6 as well as a small number of shots missing from the primary source. Titles absent from the Swiss print have been reproduced based on Russian censor records and are identified with the notation “2018” in the lower right corner. A partnership between EYE Filmmuseum, Gosfilmofond of Russia, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the restoration also received funding from Rick Andersen and John and Susan Sinnott. It would not have possible without the perseverance and meticulous scholarship of archivist Peter Bagrov.