1st and 2nd parts. Wooden floors, dilapidated walls, a spiral staircase inside a dilapidated old residential building in Moscow. Playing cards fall slowly in a dark room (rapid). Silhouette portraits of the poets A. Blok, V. Brusov and others. Pictures of artists V.E.Borisov-Musatov, A.N. Benois, M.V. Nesterov, N.K. Roerich, M.A. Vrubel, V.A.Serov. Buildings built in the Moscow Art Nouveau style. Memorial plaque on the house in Moscow, where the representatives of the Benois, Lanceray, Serebryakovs family lived. Pre-revolutionary newsreels: Emperor Nicholas II bypasses the line of soldiers, passes through a crowd of people, speaks from the balcony of the building in front of the people gathered in the square; passers-by on the street of a foreign city, a young woman on the bridge poses for the camera. Fragments from silent feature films.