To show the Russian Revolution in a new light, we recount it as though for the first time, through a narrative that is immersed in the reality of the events from February to October 1917.
The aim is to arouse in viewers something similar to the dizzying blend of elation and anxiety experienced by the actors of the Revolution - in their presence, hearing their own words, and seeing things from their perspective. This calls for a dual narrative - one immediate, sensitive and unpredictable: Maxim Gorky, the other cold, like history, tactical, always planning the next move: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
Both the writer and the leader of the revolution were haunted by the failure of the last great European revolution, the Paris Commune in 1871. But they drew diametrically opposed lessons from it, as borne out in their obsessions and their temperaments.
PROVISIONAL DELIVERY: APRIL 2017