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The German Curse in Russia
Alternate Title: Bloodstained Russia, German Intrigue, Treason and Revolt
Release Date:   13 Jan 1918
Duration (in reels):   5
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Summary: Events in Russia from August 1914 until the revolution of 1917 are shown. Subtitles relate that German treachery was responsible for food riots, street fighting, overcrowded hospitals, shortages of war materials and surgical necessities, and the overthrow of the Kerensky government. Scenes include a sea battle in which 14 boats in the Turkish fleet and a German U-boat are destroyed by Russia's Black Sea Fleet; battle scenes on the Dvinski front; a gas attack; a machine-gun attack that virtually wipes out a Russian detachment sent "over the top"; loyal Cossack troops in the Carpathian mountains; Czar Nicholas II and Grand Duke Nicholas conversing; wounded in hospitals; the Duma and the Council of Workmen and Soldiers in session; Nikolai Lenin speaking in the streets of Petrograd; Leon Trotsky; the attack on the Duma; a march of 15,000 anarchists; Alexander Kerensky, Elihu Root, and Root's American commission; David R. Francis, U.S. Ambassador to Russia; and Mrs. Emmaline Parkhurst, an English suffragette and her daughter Christabel meeting Mme. Yasha Bochkareva, leader of the women's "Battalion of Death," who are seen in battle. 

Production Company: Donald C. Thompson Film Co.  
Distribution Company: Pathé Exchange, Inc.  
Photography: Captain Donald C. Thompson (Cam)
Film Editor: Captain Donald C. Thompson (Film ed)
Country: United States

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Documentary
Sub-Genre: World War I
Subjects (Major): Russia--History--Revolution, 1917-1921
  World War I
Subjects (Minor): Anarchists
  David R. Francis
  Gases, Asphyxiating and poisonous
  Germany. Navy
  Alexander Kerensky
  Vladimir Lenin
  Nicholas II, Czar of Russia, 1868-1918
  Elihu Root
  Russia. Navy
  Leon Trotsky
  Turkey. Navy
  United States. Diplomatic and consular service
  War injuries
  Women soldiers

Note: In a four reel version, this film opened for a week at the Strand Theater in New York on 9 Dec 1917 as Bloodstained Russia, German Intrigue, Treason and Revolt before Pathé Exchange, Inc. arranged to distribute it in a longer version. Captain Donald C. Thompson, war photographer for Leslie's Weekly , spent eleven months filming in Russia beginning Nov 1916. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   22 Dec 17   p. 294.
ETR   5 Jan 18   p. 449.
ETR   12 Jan 18   p. 489.
ETR   13 Jul 18   p. 252.
MPN   29 Dec 17   p. 4535.
MPW   22 Dec 17   p. 1805.
MPW   12 Jan 18   p. 240.
MPW   26 Jan 18   p. 571.
NYDM   15 Dec 17   p. 16.
NYDM   22 Dec 17   p. 19.
NYDM   29 Dec 17   p. 26.
NYDM   5 Jan 18   p. 20, 26
New York Times   10 Dec 17   p. 15.

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