Soviet Silent Cinema: Peter Bagrov on Treasures from the BAMPFA Collection

November 6–10, 2019

Film archivist Peter Bagrov joins us to share his deep expertise on Soviet cinema with this series of silent classics and rarities from the BAMPFA collection.

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  • My Grandmother

  • Two-Buldi-Two

  • Wings of a Serf

  • Don Diego and Pelageya

  • A Familiar Face

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  • My Grandmother

    Kote Mikaberidze
    USSR, 1929

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Wednesday, November 6 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Peter Bagrov

    Gogol meets Chaplin in this riotously inventive, scathingly antibureaucratic satire, one of the eccentric high points of Soviet silent cinema. With Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai Shpikovsky’s satiric short Chess Fever.

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  • Katka’s Reinette Apples

    Fridrikh Ermler, Eduard Ioganson
    USSR, 1926

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Thursday, November 7 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Peter Bagrov; Judith Rosenberg on Piano

    In this comedy-melodrama, a young peasant woman in the big city finds her attempts at apple selling lead to encounters with the underworld.

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  • Wings of a Serf

    Yuri Tarich
    USSR, 1926

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Thursday, November 7 7 PM
    Lecture by Peter Bagrov; Judith Rosenberg on Piano

    Set in the sixteenth century during the reign of Ivan IV, this fascinating feature involves the unhappy fate of a serf who tries to fly. With an extraordinary cast and crew, including the great Russian actor Leonid Leonidov, the film influenced Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible.

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  • Two-Buldi-Two

    Lev Kuleshov
    USSR, 1929

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Friday, November 8 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Peter Bagrov; Judith Rosenberg on Piano

    A father-and-son clown act are separated during the Russian Civil War in this little-seen, energetic blur of Hollywood action and Soviet kineticism by the great Lev Kuleshov.

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  • A Familiar Face

    Nikolai Shpikovsky
    USSR, 1929

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Saturday, November 9 2:30 PM
    Lecture by Peter Bagrov; Judith Rosenberg on Piano

    An enterprising Ukrainian schemer plots his way out of the Russian Civil War in this adventure movie with touches of the absurd, “one of the best examples of early Ukrainian comedy” (Giornate del Cinema Muto).

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  • Don Diego and Pelageya

    Yakov Protazanov
    USSR, 1928

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Saturday, November 9 7:30 PM
    Lecture by Peter Bagrov; Judith Rosenberg on Piano

    An old woman blindly walks into the path of a tyrannical station master, creating an escalating struggle, in this satire on power and Soviet society, “the finest Soviet comedy of the 1920s” (Ian Christie). With Protazanov’s bitter love story The Forty-First.

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  • Cain and Artem

    Pavel Petrov-Bytov
    USSR, 1929

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Sunday, November 10 3:30 PM
    Lecture by Peter Bagrov; Judith Rosenberg on Piano

    A burly boatman forms an unlikely bond with a Jewish shoemaker in this hallucinatory melodrama, an expressionistic wake-up call to the Russian people to overcome alcoholism and religious factionalism.

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