March 22, 2016 – 7:30 pm
Film: Aelita: Queen of Mars, 1924
Aelita: Queen of Mars, 1924
Sarratt Cinema, 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Directed by Yakov Alexandrovich Protazanov. NR. Blu-ray. Silent with English intertitles. 111 minutes.
Often described as one of the first science fiction films, Aelita: Queen of Mars chronicles an adventurer’s journey to Mars, where he leads an uprising alongside a beautiful and seductive queen. The film showcases spectacular sets and costumes heavily influenced by the Russian Constructivist movement. This screening will also feature a scholarly introduction by Dr. Jason Strudler, Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian at Vanderbilt.
Revolution and Realism: Films of the Soviet Union
In 1922, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin famously said, “Of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important.” With its power to convey both visual narrative and propagandistic ideals, filmmaking helped to craft a new Soviet aesthetic. The exhibition The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, explores the critical role that photographers and filmmakers played not only within the Soviet Union but in the history of visual media itself.
To celebrate the contributions of these filmmakers, the film series Revolution and Realism is showcasing seminal works from the early years of the Soviet Union. This series, representing a collaboration between the Frist Center, International Lens at Vanderbilt, Belcourt Theatre, and Light + Sound Machine at Third Man Records, is offering screenings of influential films at three different locations.