March 1, 2016 by AK
It’s a pity The Revenant is already taken: should Leonardo DiCaprio decide to play Lenin, it would be a perfect title for the film.
It’s also regrettable that the Russian rendering of The Revenant chosen by the dubbers, Vyzhivshiy, simply means “(the) one who (has) survived” – not “(the) one who (has) returned from the dead.”
Apart from the obvious reasons why it would be appropriate, consider this:
…[B]efore the Bolshevik leader was embalmed, the possibility of reanimating his body was actively considered. Senior members of the Bolshevik party, together with prominent writers and scientists, had been interested in the possibility of overcoming death by technological means for some years.
The Soviet trade minister Leonid Krasin and the education minister Anatoly Lunacharsky were leading figures in the Immortalization Commission, the body set up to organize Lenin’s funeral. Both were “God-builders” — a section of the Bolshevik intelligentsia that believed science would enable humans to achieve god-like powers, including immortality. Drawing on the thinking of a Russian Orthodox mystic Nikolai Fedorov, the works of writer Maxim Gorki and the rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky — often described as “the grandfather of Russian astronautics” — the God-builders aimed to use the power of science to deliver humankind — or at any rate its most valuable specimens — from death.
In a primitive version of what in the U.S. later came to be called cryonics, Krasin tried to freeze Lenin’s body by using a refrigerator imported from Germany, with the hope that the corpse could later be returned to life.
I wrote about another Bolshevik adept of that weird cult, Alexander Bogdanov, in 2004.