Most Russians -- and a good portion of the rest of the world -- was plunged into mourning when famed novelist Count Leo Tolstoy died in 1910 at the age of 82. Covering Tolstoy's funeral for the benefit of the moviegoing public was the crack Pathe camera crew, which, a few months earlier, had filmed the Count at his summer home. Oddly, considering the beefed-up security following the attempted Bolshevik revolution of 1905, none of the Czar's police force was in attendance at the funeral. At least, none of them appeared on camera; instead, the viewer was treated to endless shots of solemn mourners, silently shuffling past the flower-festooned coffin. In accordance with Tolstoy's wishes, his remains were interred in the forest near his home, a ceremony that was duly and respectfully recorded on film.
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