May 19, 2016 – 8:00 pm
Film: The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks, 1924
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks, 1924
Light + Sound Machine at Third Man Records
623 Seventh Avenue South
$8 Belcourt/Frist/Vanderbilt members; $10 general admission
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Directed by Lev Kuleshov. NR. 16mm. Silent with English intertitles. 94 minutes
A hilarious tribute to American silent comedies, this Russian film was the first to specifically address American stereotypes of Soviet Russia as well as the first produced by director Kuleshov’s Experimental Cine-Laboratory school.
This 16mm print, on loan from the film library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, offers a rare glimpse of slapstick humor used for propagandistic effect.
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 has showcased seminal works from the early years of the Soviet Union. This series, which began in March, represents a collaboration between the Frist Center, International Lens at Vanderbilt, Belcourt Theatre, and Light + Sound Machine at Third Man Records.