Film and the Russian Revolution

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Develop new perspectives on the Revolution through the work of legendary filmmakers Vertov, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Barnet and other greats

Course dates: Wednesdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 May

Times: 18.00 – 20.00 

Having acquired power in 1917, the Bolsheviks invested in the creation of compelling filmic images of the Revolution intended to cement its triumph and ensure its spread. On our four-week course we’ll consider a range of post-Revolution films, both as representations and distortions of the events of 1917 and after, and as projections of the hopes and aspirations of the revolutionary generation.

As well as becoming familiar with some of the most iconic films to emerge in the first half of the 20th century, you’ll engage with critical themes such as the tension between politics and aesthetics present in the attitudes to documentary and acted film; the emergence of a mythology for representation of the Revolution, including the leader cults of Lenin and Stalin; and examine the challenges faced by filmmakers of adapting their new cinematic direction to the coming of sound.

During the course you’ll participate in an exclusive out-of-hours tour of Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, with exhibition curator Katya Rogatchevskaia. You’ll have the opportunity to see and discuss a short compilation of Soviet films about the Russian Revolution, as well as exploring the broader context and themes of the exhibition with its curator. Each session of the course has a ‘film in focus’, which will be screened in advance each week. This course is led by Jeremy Hicks, Reader in Russian Culture and Film at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Name: Film and the Russian Revolution
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £220.00
Member: £187.00
Senior 60+: £198.00
Student: £187.00
Registered Unemployed: £187.00
Friend of the BL: £187.00
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