Private Century - Russian Clouds of Smoke

Private Century - Russian Clouds of Smoke
Soukromé století - Ruské obláčky kouře

Czech Republic, 2007, 52 min
Documentary

Private Century - Russian Clouds of Smoke
Soukromé století - Ruské obláčky kouře

Czech Republic, 2007, 52 min
Documentary

Our lives can be unique, if lived in a unique way. Private films testify to the unique intensity of our lives. They capture private stories of our shared history. The Private Century series shows the history as a set of intimate human stories. It brings a testimony of spontaneous private life in the 20th century. The Private Century series consists of 8 films.
Small Russian Clouds of Smoke narrates a story of Popov family, who settled in Prague and became one of prominent families of the pre-war Russian emigration in Czechoslovakia. Life turmoil he captured on his cine-camera brings a unique testimony of life 70 years ago.
Russian emigrant Vladimír Dimitrievič Popov and his family settled in Czechoslovakia in 1920s. Cigarette making machines that were Popov's invention secured a decent living for him. Popov was successfully managing his work and he strove to do the same with his family, mainly his daughters Gali and Marusja. The personalities of his two were as different as were their lives. While the amiable one - Gali - adapted to the Czech environment well and settled there, resistant Marusja sought her own way and in the end she she returned back to the Soviet Union.

Writer / Jan Šikl    Editor / Jan Daňhel    Sound / Daniel Němec

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