The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
(Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov)
(How Will This End?)
Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.
Porfiri Podobed, Valya Lopatina, Boris Barnet, Vsevolod Pudovkin,
This satiric comedy, which ridicules the absurd conceptions of Soviet Russia held by Americans, involves a visit to the USSR by a fearful American and his cowboy bodyguard, who are promptly abducted by hooligans. Directed by Lev Kuleshov, a film theorist and organizer of the pioneering Cine-Lab collective where Sergei Eisenstein (among others) studied filmmaking, the frenetic Mr. West stands in direct contrast to the static living-room melodramas that Russian cinema was then known for. Appropriating the energy of the American western and comedy, Kuleshov demanded that each scene propel the narrative, and the viewer, forward.
Kino-Pravda No. 21
Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1925
Made to commemorate the first anniversary of Lenin’s death.