Fiction film - Part I "a" (145.8 m.) - An armed detachment of militias headed by D. Zherebtsov is walking through the forest. The battle between the militia and the Poles under the walls of the besieged Trinity-Sergius Lavra. Wounded soldiers lie on the steps of the cathedral. People are crowding on the square in Nizhny Novgorod. From the porch of the house Kuzma Minin addresses the people. The priest reads the letter. The holy fool appears, prays. People put donated things and valuables on the square. - Part I "b" (206.4m.) - A detachment of militias headed by Prince D. Pozharsky is moving across the snow-covered field. Archimandrite Theodorite blesses Prince D. Pozharsky. The prince kisses the banner, addresses the people. The people wave their hats. The Poles demand that the imprisoned Patriarch Hermogenes sign a letter on the dissolution of the militia. The patriarch refuses, the Poles leave. A deputation from the Zemsky Sobor leaves the Kremlin's Spassky Gate: Archimandrite Theodorite, Voivode Avramy Palitsyn, boyars and others. The people are driving the Poles from the square. Archimandrite Theodorite, voivode Avramy Palitsyn and others rise to the platform on Red Square and announce the election of Mikhail Romanov to the throne. Delegation of the Great Zemsky Sobor at a halt at the town of Kostroma. Delegation at the walls of the Ipatiev Monastery. Boyars turn to Mikhail Romanov with a request to go to the kingdom. Archimandrite Theodorite persuades, nun Martha and Mikhail Romanov refuse, then agree. Archimandrite Theodorite blesses Mikhail Romanov and the nun Martha. Mikhail Romanov and nun Martha leave the chambers in the Ipatiev Monastery. - Part II "a" (222.4 m.) - Ivan Susanin leads the Poles through a snowy forest. Poles kill Ivan Susanin. Mikhail Romanov is riding through the forest, accompanied by the Zemsky Sobor delegates and soldiers. Choosing the Tsar's Bride. The boyars argue for a "place", the king enters, the obstinate boyar climbs under the table. The French embassy drives by the St. Basil's Cathedral. The French Ambassador presents his credentials and gifts to Tsar Mikhail Romanov. Tsar Alexei Romanov and his tutor Boyar Morozov. Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich and boyar Morozov enter the tower of the tsar's sisters, talk with them. - Part II "b" (159.1m.) - Arrival in Moscow of the embassy of B. Khmelnitsky. The ambassador presents his credentials to Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, boyar Morozov reads it out. Patriarch Nikon and the priests argue at the table about faith and the correction of church books. Young Tsar Peter I with "amusing" troops attacks the snow fortress. In the hut, foreign craftsmen teach Russian peasants carpentry and plumbing. "Assembly": dancing, Peter I enters, talks, makes the courtier drink a large goblet of wine. Peter I opens the door to the barn where his boat is. - Part III (347.7m.) - Peter I and the courtiers celebrate an idle victory in the Battle of Poltava. Peter I and the courtiers emerge from the Trinity Cathedral. The officer reads out the certificate of acceptance by Peter I of the title of emperor and presents it to Peter I. I. Shuvalov informs his mother and others sitting in the hall about the decree of Empress Elizabeth to open the first Russian university in Moscow. Empress Catherine II awards the heroes of the Turkish war after the conclusion of the Kaynardzhi peace. Ladies and officers are talking in the hall, A.V. Suvorov enters, Catherine II hands him a field marshal's baton, officers congratulate him. Training on the square of Russian soldiers on the Prussian model under Emperor Paul I. Staging of the events of the times of Alexander I. Events of the war of 1812. Emperor Napoleon, M. I. Kutuzov. A dramatization of the events of the times of Nicholas I. There are N.V. Gogol, A.S. Pushkin and others. Events of the Sevastopol Defense. Admiral Nakhimov and [Totleben] are holding a card. Staging of the events of the times of Alexander II. The girl reads the royal decree to the peasants on the abolition of serfdom. The judge sits at the table in the hut, the peasants argue with him and among themselves. Peasant children are reading a book, peasants are repairing a plow. Portrait of Emperor Alexander III. - Documentary footage of the coronation of Nicholas II in Moscow on May 14, 1896. (Filming by K. Surf. Production of the "Lumiere" company): carriages are passing along the street (Empress Alexandra Feodorovna is sitting in one of them). Nicholas II and Alexandra Fedorovna descend from the Red Porch, leave the Archangel Cathedral and head to the Annunciation Cathedral. Representatives of various nationalities of Russia are passing through the territory of the Kremlin. A carriage drives up to the entrance of the house, officials and officers sit in it. - Documentary footage of the opening of the monument to Alexander III in Petersburg on May 23, 1909. (Filming by A.K. Yagelsky): consecration of the monument by the clergy. Present: Nicholas II, Empress Maria Feodorovna, Alexandra Feodorovna, Grand Dukes Boris Vladimirovich and Andrei Vladimirovich, Prince P.A. Oldenburgsky, V.B. Fredericksz, V.N. Voeikov, V.A. Sukhomlinov et al. Parade of troops. - Documentary footage of the celebration in Moscow of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Borodino (August 1912): Nicholas II, Alexandra Fedorovna, heir Alexei, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana pass by the Cathedral of the 12 Apostles and the Patriarch's Chambers in the Kremlin , Maria and Anastasia, Grand Duke Elizaveta Fedorovna, Grand Dukes Mikhail Alexandrovich, Kirill Vladimirovich, Boris Vladimirovich, Dmitry Pavlovich, Pyotr Nikolaevich, Georgy Mikhailovich, Sergei Mikhailovich and Nikolai Mikhailovich, Princes Gabriel Konstantinovich, Konstantin Konstantinovich (junior) and John A. P., princes Oldenburgsky and P.A. Oldenburgsky, E.A. Naryshkin, maid of honor Ermolov and others. People on Red Square during a prayer service.