Film and the Russian Revolution: Lecture by Ian Christie
Professor Ian Christie, author of two books on Eisenstein will discuss how the revolution inspired new ways of thinking about cinema that still influence film culture today
Lecture by Ian Christie @ 7.30PM
October Screening @ 8.30PM
The Russian Revolution of October 1917 triggered an explosion of innovation and experimentation in the arts, including the new artform of the moving image. The Bolshevik leaders viewed the cinema as a powerful tool of education and instruction for the Russian people, the majority of whom were illiterate. During the Russian Civil War (1919–1921) special trains were sent out into the countryside to show short propaganda films about the revolution.
In the 1920s a visionary group of Russian filmmakers that included Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Vsevolod Pudovkin and Alexander Dovzhenko developed a new approach to cinematic storytelling. Based on the principle that editing is the foundation of film art, Soviet Montage is one of the most significant aesthetic movements in the history of the cinema.
Price includes screening of 'October' at 8.30pm