This two-reel film was produced by the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences. The making of it stretched across two decades, from the time of Joseph Stalin's "Great Terror" to Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization campaign, known as the "Thaw." Its first frames, shot in 1937, show the infant conjoined twins Ira and Galia. Its last frames, shot in 1957, document the seventh birthday celebration of a second pair of twins, Masha and Dasha. The film is the only substantial record of the research conducted on these two pairs. It also stands as a unique record of the early life of Masha and Dasha, who are shown reacting to different types of stimuli, as well as feeding, sleeping, playing, dressing themselves, and walking with crutches. X-rays, EEGs, and illustrations are used in the film, which offers a rare glimpse into the history of Soviet physiology and Soviet "scientific cinema."
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Akademii︠a︡ medit︠s︡inskikh nauk SSSR; Source: Item; Research date: 10/22/2011