Stalin the funeral of a god
On March 5th 1953, one of the last great dictators died. He was one of the mythical figures of the 20th century. He ruled over 250 million men and women for 24 years. Joseph Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili Stalin died of a cérébral haemorrhage at the age of 73. The cult of his personality which started twenty years before was then at its peak. We have found Russian footages in colour of his burial. This both impressive and beautiful film was completely made up according to the Soviet propaganda style of the time. It shows pictures of collective mourning, weeping crowds, huge portraits, marathon speeches and tributes from “brother-countries”.
These pictures and sounds are relevant not only of the historical event but also of the importance Stalin had for his people and for his time. Les Films du Village are happy to present a new editing of this 52’ version, which has been modernised and improved. The English version of the commentary is available.
Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, is undoubtedly the most singular, paradoxical and colourful figure of all the politicians who have marked the history of the Latin-American continent in the past twenty years. This forty-six year old former paratrooper officer admires Simon Bolivar, the Che and Jesus Christ he very often quotes. When he came into power the social and economic situation of the country was disastrous — despite its oil.
For the past two years he has been fighting all battles with the enthusiasm of the crowds of underprivileged, whose hero he is, as sole support. Is he going to eradicate misery as he has bet he will ? Is he going to fall into the trap of fascism, as his opponents, most of them belonging to the ruling class, fear he might ? Who is this Christian and revolutionary Bolivarian who, according to our criteria, seems to be so unreasonable in his believing that miracles can happen ?