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Described by historian Paul Rotha as "the epitome of the Soviet propaganda film, realized with extraordinary skill of technical achievement", Fragment of an Empire was the first important film effort by director Frederick Ermler. Combining documentary techniques with straight dramatic narrative, the film focuses on a sergeant in the army of the Czar who loses track of his lovely wife. By the time he's discovered that his bride has re-married to an aristocrat, the sergeant has experienced a political epiphany, disdaining Imperialism in favor of the burgeoning Bolshevist movement.

  1. Fridrikh Ermler

    Director, Writer

  2. Ekaterina Vinogradskaya


Top Billed Cast

  1. Fyodor Nikitin

    Fyodor Nikitin


  2. Lyudmila Semyonova

    Filimonov's wife

  3. Valeri Solovtsov

    Filimonov's wife's new husband

  4. Emil Gal

    Passenger in the train

  5. Yakov Gudkin

    Yakov Gudkin

    The wounded soldier

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Fragment of an Empire


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Original Title Обломок империи

Status Released

Release Information

  • October 28, 1929


Original Language Russian

Runtime 1h 36m

Budget -

Revenue -



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