16 thoughts on “Moscow 1908”

  1. Great !! You can only cry when you compare it to today’s Moscow – 14 lanes of traffic, pollution, nasty and selfcentered people…

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Yeah, that’s real. It’s also included in this set of DVDs:

    http://www.amazon.com/Movies-Begin-Treasury-Cinema-1894-1913/dp/B00005YUO9

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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