Liberated Film Club presents: Russian Pioneers

Wednesday 30 September 2015, 6.30pm

Stanley

Russian Pioneers (1968) Aleksandr Ivanov, Yevgeni Shiffers

In league with the work of Wojciech Jerzy Has, Sergei Parajanov, and Ken Russell, but better: the last film made by Ivanov, at age 70, and the only film made by Shiffers. Towing the party line by honouring Lenin’s legacy whilst ultimately superseding it: this is pure iconography, the biggest splash of 1960s pizazz as political propaganda piece. The commune as occupation of exiled lands by selfless people, the chapters off-biblical: piano, oath, man and wife. Most significantly, perhaps, is the visual language with which the film labours: colour is loud, perspective endless… future? Certain.

Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.

Click here to see a clip. This screening, in association with purge.xxx, launches the second Liberated Film Catalogue, introducing and distributing lost, banned and otherwise commercially unavailable films to a critical mass. Russian Pioneers will be introduced by maker and curator, Schtinter.