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Russia Bolshevik Revolution-according to a 1960s Soviet Filmstrip.

It’s
a new year, and before this one is over Russia will mark the centennial
of the Bolshevik Revolution. A hundred years ago, the men and women who
brought Communism to the Tsarist Empire had big plans.
Decades into
that experiment, the U.S.S.R. was leading the world’s “Space Race,” and
it seemed there was nothing the country couldn’t do. In 1960, the Soviet
movie studio “Diafilm” released a filmstrip titled “In the Year 2017,”
by V. Strukova and V. Shevchenko, depicting a vision of the U.S.S.R. set
57 years in the future.
The
45-pane filmstrip is as spectacularly fantastic as it is dated. In
Strukova and Shevchenko’s vision of 2017, it’s the “imperialists” of the
West who have destroyed themselves, and the Soviet Union has mastered
science to such a degree that “atomic trains” traverse the Bering Strait
and flying power stations control the planet’s weather.
The story even
captures the U.S.S.R.’s fascination in the 1960s with “meson energy” — a
theoretical type of atomic energy later rejected as impossible to
harness. 

“In
the Year 2017” is about a future world liberated by Soviet science, but
it’s also the story of a boy and his family. The full filmstrip is
available here, in Russian.

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