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Our WWI Stories On Film project at the Martial Chamber of Tsarskoe Selo is finished after 99 days, 47 movie shows, 17 lectures and talks.

All this time on Fridays and Saturdays, our WWI Museum offered free international and Russian movie shows, free lectures on cinema history and Q&A sessions with directors and historians, as well as special guided tours of the Martial Chamber.

The open-air lectures and movie shows drew 3,000 spectators and helped increase the museum's visitor flow by 50 percent compared to pre-pandemic 2019. Available on the Museum's YouTube channel, the video versions of the lectures and talks have been viewed by over 20,000.

The offered domestic and foreign films of different years and some rare footage courtesy of Gosfilmofond, Russia's state film collection, brought up many facts and feelings from the tragic period of history, still unknown to the audience of today. The lectures and talks covered the history of cinema, WWI milestones, and some accounts from the life of Tsarskoe Selo at the beginning of the 20th century.

The project was organised by Tsarskoe Selo together with the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Gosfilmfond and Dornfilm, and supported by the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.

The Martial Chamber is Russia's first and so far only museum of WWI. During the war and until 1918, it had a cinema hall showing newsreels from the front.