As part of the A Revolution Betrayed? season, we present a weekend of films from the early days of the Soviet Union when artists and filmmakers envisaged a bright new future to the 1930s when the ideals of the Bolshevik revolution were thought by some to have become compromised.
The titles selected, from the likes of Eisenstein, Pudovkin and Medvedkin, reflect the optimism of the early days of the post-revolutionary period and the enthusiasm for experimenting and discovering the potential of film as a medium to communicate and encapsulate new ideas. Screenings will also reflect the shift in the 1930s and after toward the state approved style of Socialist Realism, a change that left many practitioners bereft and disillusioned with the direction that art in the Soviet Union was developing.
As well as screening a range of archive titles here at HOME will also welcome back Paul Robinson’s ever-popular HarmonieBand, who have an international reputation for presenting specially composed scores for silent films, to accompany one of the key films of the post-revolutionary period.
Curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and our Senior Visiting Curator of Film.