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Oktiabriukhov and Dekabriukhov
1928, Перша кінофабрика ВУФКУ (Одеса) 6 ч. / 1666 м
The script was written by Vladimir Mayakovsky to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution.
The October Uprising of 1917 starts on the day of Mykola Dekabriukhov’s wedding. Dekabriukhov leaves his young wife and escapes abroad. Dekabriukhov’s life in emigration is limited to a small Paris café. He entertains the Russian emigrants with stories of his “feats” in the struggle against the Bolsheviks, and eventually becomes “the hero of the day.”
The president of France Poincaré invites him to his palace. It is not an audience with the president that awaits Mykola Dekabriukhov there but a notice that he is inducted into the White Army. Mykola defers from service bribing Verkhovnyi, and as a result he has no money and no chance to ever return home.
During the day Mykola works as a porter at the railway station, and at night he puts on the uniform, and “commands” military parades on Kyiv/Paris streets. Meanwhile, in Russia, in the Soviet Union, his brother Ivan changes his last name to Oktiabriukhov, starts working for the Soviets, and marries Mykola’s ex-wife. On the day of their wedding, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution, Mykola Dekabriukhov returns to the USSR. He sadly congratulates his ex-wife and his brother on their wedding.
Pre-revolutionary newsreels about Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar, and also Polish and German newsreels of 1918-1922 are used in the film. Titles to the scenes of White emigré Paris are animated, styled on ROSTA Windows.
The film is stored at the Russian Gosfilmofond.
The film was released on 01 May 1928 in Kyiv and on 28 October 1929 in Moscow.