How Lenin’s funeral was presented is important to us as historians of this period as it gives us an insight into how Lenin was viewed and how the funeral was viewed.

This first clip was a ‘Lenin retrospective’ made for showing in cinemas both in the USSR and around the world (hence the subtitles). The music would have come on a record to be played alongside it when it was being shown in the better cinemas.

The second clip is a brief extract from a newsreel of the time. Note particularly how many times Stalin features and how he is portrayed.

Finally ~ if you have time have a look at this much longer clip of the whole funeral. This was filmed at the time and has been recently discovered and restored:

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