Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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LANDMARKS OF SOVIET CINEMA

One hundred years ago, Bolshevik forces led by Vladimir Lenin toppled the Russian government to give birth to the Soviet Union, and the geopolitical fallout has yet to fully subside. Leaders from Lenin onward recognized film as an effective propaganda tool to spread the doctrines of the October Revolution, giving Soviet cinema a distinctive character defined by both Moscow censors and an idealism for film’s possibilities.

That idealism is strikingly evident in such silent-era masterpieces as BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, Sergei Eisenstein's dramatic take on a 1905 mutiny. Just as revolutionary as its themes is the film’s editing, the famed Odessa Steps sequence a powerful display of Eisenstein's theories of montage. Even more formally innovative is Dziga Vertov’s THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, a documentary that employs a variety of cinematic techniques to depict Soviet society using purely visual means.

If such idiosyncratic films were soon outnumbered by works of social realism, historical epics never fell out of favor. The Soviet answer to Stanley Kubrick, director Andrei Tarkovsky used the story of a 15th-century Russian icon painter to examine religious belief and artistic freedom in ANDREI RUBLEV. More recent history comes to life in COME AND SEE, Elem Klimov’s shattering look at the atrocities of World War II as seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old conscript.

Series programmed by John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreSat, Oct 7, 2017 - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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Sat, Oct 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
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