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14.-20. januar 2019

Program 2012

SILENT FILM CONCERT: THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR. WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS


NB. Online ticket purchase to this screening only by credit card. Price: NOK 150,-  

Mr. West, American president of the YMCA, heads for the USSR to spread his movement. His wife is concerned about the Bolsheviks: Since the American press always depicts them in rags, they must be dangerous savages, or what? The naïve Mr. West takes a cowboy-dressed companion along as protector, but upon arrival his friend disappears, and Mr. West is robbed of his suitcase and left at the mercy of a gang of thieves. Who will come to his rescue? Did the Bolsheviks really tear down Moscow’s cultural landmarks? And who is this guy called Lenin?

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR. WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS is the first anti-American Soviet movie. A clear cut parody of the American view of Soviet, it is delivered in a style that mimics the American silent movies of its time. Fun, engaging, and a propaganda charged peek into a by-gone era – or a parallel to our own.

Don't miss this screening, with musical score by Tore Morten Andreassen (band leader), Håkon Gebhardt, Emil Bekkevold, Arto Rinne and Dimitrij Demin!

Orginal title: 
NEOBIJTSJAINIJE PRIKLJIUTSJENIA MISTERA VESTA V STRANE BOLSHEVIKOV
Director: 
Lev Kuleshov
Screenplay: 
Nikolaj Asejvev, Vsevold Pudovkin
Photography: 
Aleksandr Levitskij
Actors: 
Porfiri Podobed, Boris Barnet, Aleksandra Khoklhova, Vsevolod Pudovkin
Year: 
1924
Country: 
Soviet Union
Director info: 

Lev Vladimorovitsj Kuleshov (b.1899 – d. 1970) would become one of the leading Soviet filmmakers and film theorists. The Soviet montage theory can be traced to his belief that the essence of cinema was the editing, where juxtaposing the images would bring out different reactions and interpretations. Kuleshov was academic rector of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography from 1943.