V nachale slavnykh del

TitleV nachale slavnykh del
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1980
AuthorsGerasimov, Sergey
Running Time2h 14min
Date Released10/29/1980
DistributorRussian Cinema Council
CountrySoviet Union
Publication LanguageRussian

In late 17th-century Russia, Czar Peter the Great (1672-1725) orders an attack on Turkey, which refuses to pay taxes to the Russian government. The Russian military is equipped with outdated technology, and they suffer their first defeat. After the defeat the czar orders the building of a fleet, and sends many educated men to study in Germany, France, and Holland. Russian victory over Turkey will not only force the Turks to pay taxes, but also make the Sea of Azov accessible to the Russians. This film is the second part of a two-part film that started with Yunost Petra (The Youth of Peter the Great). The two films are considered to be classics of Russian historical cinema.

Alternate TitleAt the Beginning of Glorious Days
Translated TitleAt the Beginning of Glorious Deeds
Original PublicationВ начале славных дел
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