This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 – 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army. Chapaev is an uneducated peasant and a decorated hero in the World War I and later in the Russian Civil War, that followed the Russian revolution.
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35mm. It is supposed to be one of the Soviet socialist realism marks, and if there is no doubt about its ideological property, the formal features may be called anything but realistic. Following a direct narrative, without the constructivist formalism, however, adapts the speed and dexterity of its editing to a superior and apured form of framing and narration. The battle scenes, for instance, are indispensable.