Krasnogorsk Archive's Film Collection documents the entire history
of Russian filmmaking, beginning with the footage of the coronation
of Tsar Nicholas II taken by Camile Serf, a cameraman of the
Lumiere Brothers in 1896 and continuing with 1,000 films shot before
Archive holds almost all periodic newsreels from 1919 to 1985,
documenting the news stories of the Soviet Union: politics, wars,
disasters, trials, and the people and places of the U.S.S.R. Footage
is available concerning both World Wars, the Soviet invasions
in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Afghanistan, the Cold War and
its Cuban Missile Crisis and space race, Vietnam, and the collapse
of Communism. The world of literature, art, sports, and the day-to-day
life of the Soviet and Russian people are also vividly represented
among the films of the Archive.
46,536 original negatives
31,683 duplicate positives
51,825 working positives
6,386 duplicate negatives
14,655 magnetic film soundtracks
26,754 optical soundtracks
extensive collection of photos and negatives within the vaults of
the Archive document events from over a century ago to the present.
Many early photos were arranged in large albums according to subject.
Among these are 300 personal albums of the Tsars. Although mostly
documentary in nature, the Archive does hold work by many famous
Russian still photographers.
photographs include the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-78, the Russian-Japanese
War 1904-05, views of early construction, portraits of military
officers, and the personal life of the Tsar's family. Events of
the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the First World War,
and the Civil War of 1918-1921 are preserved through photos of
street barricades, policemen arrested by citizens, meetings and
demonstrations, various battles, funerals of the victims, and
portraits of political and military leaders representing all sides.
Over 85,000 photos document the Soviet-German front during World
War II while revealing the tragedy of retreat and the bitterness
of loss, the fury of attacks and the joys of victory. Soviet leaders,
economic initiatives, and propaganda in the postwar USSR, are
also represented in the Archive.
10,376 photo albums