Communism, a theory and system of social and political organization was a major force in world politics for much of the 20th century. As a political movement, communism sought to overthrow capitalism through a workers' revolution and establish a system in which property is owned by the community as a whole rather than by individuals. In theory, communism would create a classless society of abundance and freedom, in which all people enjoy equal social and economic status. In practice, communist regimes have taken the form of coercive, authoritarian governments that cared little for the plight of the working class and sought above all else to preserve their own hold on power. Communism, The Great Belief of the 20th Century, is the epic story of the rise and fall of Communism in the twentieth century. Containing rare and previously unseen footage from American, Russian, Chinese, British and European historical and political archives compiled by an international team of historians, directed by Michael Rotman and narrated by Patrick Rotman and Patrick Barberis, it is the definitive and most comprehensive film study of a system that challenged, and almost toppled, the fundamental principles of the democratic world.
Episodes Comprise: - 1900-1928 Utopia in Power - 1929-1939 The Two Faces of Communism - 1940-1953 The Peak Years - 1953-1999 End Without End