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Footage from the main gate of Gorky Park in snow. In March, the sun shines brightly and the temperature is only a few degrees below zero in the morning and Gorky Park is a great place for kids to play and skate as the filmmaker says.

We watch young people with hockey sticks, children on a playground with their parents, passers-by, skaters who are crossing the icy lake or making a few dancing figures and snow-covered benches that you can hardly discern.

The lens stands on the Ministry of Defense (built in 1940), and on Lenin's portrait that occupies much of the building's facade. Continuing along the Moskva River, we observe buildings on its banks and a bridge at a distance.

Gorky Park opened in 1928 and was originally referred to as a Park of Culture and Recreation. In 1932 it was renamed Gorky Park after the famous Russian writer Maxim Gorky. It is situated just across the Moskva River and was designed by Konstantin Melnikov.


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Bonar, Andrew Graham

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It’s March, the best part of the winter. The sun shines brightly and the temperature is only a few degrees below zero, at midday, though it still goes down to minus 10 or minus 15 at night… This is the well-known Park of Culture and Recreation named after the writer Maxim Gorky: Gorky Park, for short. Today it looks like a completely Soviet creation, but in point of fact most of it existed as a public park - the so-called Nyeskuchny Sad - before the Revolution. It’s a great place for the kiddies, who can have as much fun as they want on swings and roundabouts and obstacle courses.

It’s fine for those on skates too. Indeed you feel a bit of a fool coming here at this season without being either a child, or at least a parent, or on skates. Skating is the normal and the safest method of locomotion. All the paths are given over to skating and are as slippery as glass.

The ever-present physiognomy of Lenin looks down on the happy young skaters from across the river, where the ice floes are breaking up and beginning to move slowly downstream.
Bonar, Andrew Graham