A Gift For Lenin
North Caucasus Newsreel Productions English narration
Pan across picturesque valley & mountain scenery. Helicopter flying over remote village in Dagestan in Caucasus Mountains. Village street scenes - very old buildings - van & moped thru narrow streets - old men talking. Old man w/ traditional hat walks in hills w/ young grandson - VO re Russian Revolution.
00:54:45 Moscow - Kremlin clock tower - INT office where Lenin received Dagestani delegation in 1921, inc. old man from village. Portraits of four envoys from the village. Traditional handcrafted gifts given to Lenin - impressed w/ skills of craftsmen; portrait of Lenin given in return w/ annotation ‘For Red Dagestan’.
00:56:28 Waterfall; Dagestani craftsmen at work outdoors carving wood w/ various tools- metal inlays added. Craftsmen & women at desks inside workshop. Master craftsmen training young people of village - women “already on a par with the men”. Craftsman w/ elaborate metalwork vase. CUs other objects showing intricate combination of wood & metalwork - VO re medals awarded at international fairs - “But the award they treasure most is Lenin’s praise”.
01:00:22 Old men talking on outdoor terrace, one shows picture of late craftsman who designed gifts for Lenin. Elderly craftsman visits Kremlin, 19Oct68 - shown into Lenin’s study where Dagestanis’ gift of desk set still kept. Helicopter landing in mountain village. End titles over shots of village & winding roads through mountains.
Travelogues; USSR; Communism; Folk Art; Workshop; Craftsmanship; 1968; 1960s;