That’s Moscow back from 1908. Same Russian snow, same Kremlin and same… Russian people.
Awesome! How did you find it?
Great video. But the people look so friendly, they haven’t yet been to the Soviet charm school!
Good times. That was when the Tsar ruled. The way Russia should’ve continued to be run.
Great !! You can only cry when you compare it to today’s Moscow – 14 lanes of traffic, pollution, nasty and selfcentered people…
You guys seem to have some pathalogical point about part of Russian history, called “Soviet Union”.
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Moscow film from 1908…
Mark Frauenfelder : Here’s a seven-minute movie of Moscow filmed on a snowy, windy day in 1908. Brrr….
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Now thats the Russia we all love and remember from childhood. Great Thanks……
Some things never change, like Russia and Winter for instance…
Take a trip down memory lane, if you’re a 98 year old Russian who happens to be reading Gridskipper). Otherwise, be comforted by the fact that some things never change. Russians are still frumpy, Moscow is still cold as……
[...] I’ve never been to Russia, but I will go one day. This old film footage (and soundtrack) portray an air of hustle and bustle, excitement and beauty. [...]
A beautiful video .. it would be very interesting to do a modern-day interpretation of the same style, maybe even a full sync-edit of the same places and pitch it together ..
And about the friendly Russians: I’ve known plenty of friendly and happy Russians, to be honest, and don’t go by “quick visits to a city where I don’t speak their language well” as a general rule of law .. but what we mustn’t forget about this video is that those were harsher times back then. I counted many missing teeth in all those not-so-innocent smiles.
What we need now are pics of Russian girls and lots of em!
Not to be a party pooper, but I question the authenticity of this clip.
For one thing, A lot of the “background” buildings (like the Kremlin) look more like black and white paintings rather than actual video footage. Another point of concern is who had the time or willingness back in 1908 (let alone an affordable camera) to shoot over 7 minutes of footage of Moscow then? And what do those troop patrols do just walking about?
A lot about this clip seems very very hard to beleive. Still an interesting look though.
I live in Russia and for me was very interesting to watch this video. I’ve never saw such old videos. Thanks:)
Yeah, that’s real. It’s also included in this set of DVDs:
Which is, presumably, where this clip came from. There are some very nice clips in that set, including one amazing documentary of the National Biscuit Company factory/town.
Was that a statue of Lenin in Red Square (the on with the right hand outstrechted)? Lenin didn’t come to power until 1917 and they probably didn’t put statues of him until after he died in 1923.
Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! Encore!
Your right Chuwakk…
Looked it up from some pics from last trip to Moscow and clear as day… there they are in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Thanks for the correction.
FYI, the music in the background is Borodin’s “Steppes of Central Asia.”
El tráfico de Moscú…
Nos quejamos del tráfico en nuestras ciudades, y los de Madrid por la M30 (con motivo…) pero lo cierto es que el tráfico de coches en Moscú es, por lo que podemos ver, considerablemente peor. Las fotos están sacadas de English Russia, una intere…
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