Fragment of an Empire

Directed by Fridrikh Ermler
  • Soviet Union
  • 1hr 49min
  • 1929
  • Russian (Silent)

Fridrikh Ermler’s 1929 silent film focuses on a young soldier who loses his memory during WWI, only to regain it years after the Communists have ascended to power. In his mind’s eye, the shell-shocked soldier believes the modernised Leningrad is still St Petersburg, he remains married to his missing wife and that war still reigns in this Russian film, which cleverly blends political satire with drama and boasts fine central performances. Film historian and archivist Peter Bagrov described Ermler as: “one of the greatest masters in the history of Soviet and world cinema” and the filmmaker himself had been drafted into the army as a teenager to fight in WWI. Film historian Paul Rotha would later describe Fragment of an Empire as: “the epitome of Soviet sociological propaganda cinema, realised with an extraordinary skill of technical achievement.”

With live musical accompaniment from Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius.

A truly fascinating film, wonderful performances and rich in symbolism with fantastic battle sequences, it's a real discovery for me and, I hope, Dublin audiences.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Emil Gal
Sergey Gerasimov
Yakov Gudkin

Schedule & Tickets

3 Mar 13:30 Light House Cinema