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on 19 October 2013
Stalin - Man of Steel is made up of three discs- the largest being on his private life featuring his daughter and two of his grandchildren. There was much material which would be new to viewers on his chronic health issues, his early upbringing and the views of his family on their memories and complicated inheritance. On his death crowds thronged Moscow in mourning and disbelief and some were killed in the crush. It was only subsequently years later that the truth of so much of what happened with the Purges, starvations , Gulags etc accounting for 32 million people became known to the Soviet nation and world in general. Like other dictatorships you didn't ask questions , or the feeling that if Stalin knew what was really going on he would have put it right, it was all the fault of others in the system.The second DVD looks at the assassination attempts on Stalin who was always well guarded with specially bomb proofed cars and security police always around.The Nazis used disaffected prisoners of war to carry out attempts on Stalin's life which came to naught.
The third DVD looks at how Stalin controlled the film industry where directors would have their plots changed , history re written , many in the industry arrested on set and either shot or sent to the Gulags on the slightest whim . For example a history of the Russian Revolution marginalised Trotsky who led the Red Army in 1917 and promoted Stalin , changing his relationship with Lenin and giving him a much enhanced role in the Revolution unsupported by historical evidence. The final part of the film on Ivan the Terrible was never completed as it was too close to so much of Stalin's life and resembled his rule of the Soviet Union. Creativity , imagination and enthusiasm were all crushed by political control and interference , so that in the end only third rate propaganda was left.
To get the best out of the films , a reasonable knowledge of Soviet history is helpful as much of the material was produced for Russian T.V.
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on 5 June 2016
I bought this DVD in error, I thought it was the documentary shown on US History Channel. This is NOTHING similar. The American documentary was excellent, professional, objective, truthful. This Discovery Channel documentary was probably produced by Stalin's family, it was apologetic of Stalin, it was NOT truthful. Stalin murdered millions of people, he was a murderer, I don't care how "nice" he was to his granddaughter; Stalin's behavior to his family does not change the fact that Stalin was a murderer in the same league as Adolf Hitler. In this DVD, there was no mention of Kolyma, gulag in Siberia, Stalin-made famine in Ukraine, anti-Semitism, etc. It was an error on my part. If I didn't have to pay international postage, I would return this DVD.
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on 3 October 2015
Poor information, very little historic facts. Not happy at all.
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on 30 July 2015
Reasonable but not outstanding.
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on 4 March 2016
Really interesting
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on 17 August 2012
THE MONEY ,AFTER ALL TO REALLY UNDERSTAND STALIN OR ANY OTHER HISTORICAL GIANT I,M AFRAID IT TAKES A LOT OF RESEARCH,BUT THIS SERIES IS WELL WORTH WATCHING YOU,LL BE IMPRESSED BY THE SHEER INTELLEGENCE OF THESE OFFSPRINGS, ZHADANOV,S SON WHO WAS MARRIED TO SVETLANA IS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE,AFTER ALL THIS WAS A FAMILY AFFAIR DUGASVILLIS ALLUVIEVS ETC ETC,I ALSO BOUGHT THE RUSSIA LAND OF THE TSARS, THE RUSSIAN DOCUMENTARYS TEND TO BE MORE HONEST THAN THE BIASED RUBBISH USA AND UK WHERE THEY CREATE HOLIER THAN THOU FIGURES OF EQUALLY POWER CRAZY PEOPLE AS STALIN CHURCHILL AND POLAND SPRING TO MIND,COULD BE A STARTING POINT FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN RUSSIAN HISTORY RECOMMENDED.
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