At 50 minutes, the Soviet documentary Pageant of Russia is hardly all-encompassing, though it certainly packs a lot into its brief running time. Most of the film is devoted to one of the many "physical culture" celebrations in Moscow, with emphasis on clean-limned, well-scrubbed male and female athletes. In the spirit of solidarity, representatives from all Soviet Socialist Republics are in attendance, their appearances heralded by their national flags and anthems. The camerawork and editing at times approaches the style of Leni Reifenstal's Olympiad, though director Sergei Yutevitch lacks Reifenstal's overall brilliance. As an added propagandistic fillip, Pageant of Russia offers several affectionate close-ups of Josef Stalin.
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