A Revolution Betrayed? Film Season

A weekend of films from the Soviet Union reflecting both the optimism of the early days of the post-revolutionary period, marked by an enthusiasm for experimenting and discovering the potential of film as a medium, and the shift in the 1930s toward the state approved style of Socialist Realism, a change that left many practitioners disillusioned.

As well as screening a range of archive titles we 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 The End of St. Petersberg.

Curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME Senior Visiting Curator of Film.


Previously in this season

Tsar to Lenin

First released in 1937, Tsar to Lenin ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries.

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October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

One of the most famous productions by one of the Soviet Union’s most important filmmakers, October was commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the…

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A peasant dreams of becoming Czar, eating his fill and spending his time doing nothing. With its bizarre satirical slapstick, Medvedkin’s film offers an unforgettable…

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The End of St. Petersburg Live Accompaniment

HarmonieBand have an international reputation for presenting specially composed scores for silent films. Paul Robinson’s score for this silent classic was presented in September in…

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New Babylon

New Babylon is a love story set amongst the events of the Paris Commune of 1871.

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The End of St. Petersburg

The End of St. Petersburg offers a boots level narrative about a naïve youth who is forced to seek work in the city. 

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A cultural phenomenon, Chapayev is both an intense story of sacrifice and a clear example of Soviet propaganda.

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