Documentary around remarkable photographs by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, who captured the Russian tsardom right before the 1917 revolution. In the year 2011, Van Lieshout follows his footsteps.

During his reign, the last Russian tsar Nicholas II had never beheld large portions of his vast empire. He commissioned photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863-1944), the inventor of colour photography in Russia, to take trips across the Volga region, the Caucasus and Central Asia between 1909 and 1915. The many preserved colour pictures provide an extraordinary outlook on the last years of the Russian tsardom, shortly before the 1917 revolution. Following Prokudin-Gorsky’s footsteps, Van Lieshout takes the same itinerary in 2011, now with a movie camera. Van Lieshout’s recordings alternate with Prokudin-Gorsky’s gorgeous, colourful images. The still and moving, new and old pictures constitute a colourful tribute in image, sound and music to Russia right before the revolution and today.


Executive producer
Sound Design
Production company
Van Lieshout Filmproducties
Distributor NL
Eye Filmmuseum

Title: Inventaris van het Moederland
Year: 2012
Duration : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2012

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