At the Beginning of Glorious Days

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At the Beginning of Glorious Days
Directed by Sergey Gerasimov
Screenplay by Sergey Gerasimov
Yuri Kavtaradze
Starring Dmitri Zolotukhin
Tamara Makarova
Natalya Bondarchuk
Nikiolai Yeryemenko
Mikhail Nozhkin
Boris Khmelnitsky
Lyubov Germanova
Ivan Lapikov
Lyubov Polekhina
Marina Levtova
Music by Vladimir Martynov
Cinematography Sergey Filippov, Horst Hardt
Distributed by Russian Cinema Council
Release dates
  • 1980 (1980) (USSR)
Running time
2:14 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

At the Beginning of Glorious Days is the second part of a two-part film that started with The Youth of Peter the Great. Both parts were released in the Soviet Union in 1980 and are based on a novel, Peter I, written by Aleksey Tolstoy. The film was directed by Russian director Sergey Gerasimov.[1] The movie is considered to be a classic of Russian historical cinema.


In late 17th-century Russia, Czar Peter the Great 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 The Russian military is equipped with outdated technology, and they suffer their first defeat.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.



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