£12

Lecture/Film 4: Soviet Cinema of the 1950's

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

The Maltings

Eastern Lane

Berwick-upon-Tweed

TD15 1AJ

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Event description

Description

This event combines a lecture by Roger Mitchell titled Soviet Cinema of the 1950's, followed by a showing of Mikhail Kalatozov's The Cranes are Flying. It is part of BEA's film course In a New Light - Season 3, a series of 6 lectures/screenings. You can learn more about In a New Light here, and you can book the full course here.

In his lecture, Roger will trace the development of Soviet cinema in the ideological thaw that followed Nikita Kruschev’s denunciation of Stalin in Feb 1956. That thaw saw a relaxation of repression and censorship enabling filmmakers to reject the state-ordained tropes of ‘socialist realism’ –with its celebration of Soviet ideals above all else - which had dominated and stifled Soviet culture theretofore; this heralded something of a renaissance in the nation’s filmmaking. The lecture will contextualise our screening of The Cranes are Flying in terms of its social, cultural and historical importance and the fact that, stylistically, it forms part of the legacy of German Expressionism.

The Cranes are Flying depicts the experiences of a young woman separated from her lover during the Second World War and in the process explores the difficulties of everyday life in a war-torn city amid the challenges, temptations, and obstacles that confront humanity at such times. The film’s honest attempt to exorcise past trauma was considered to be extremely radical at the time the film was made. In Prof. Josephine Woll’s words, it was “the first indisputable masterpiece of post-Stalin cinema.” Winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, The Cranes are Flying not only became the first film that brought this new era of Soviet filmmaking to the attention of an international audience but also became the first and only Russian language film to win this prestigious award.
In terms of its style, the film innovatively draws on a number of traditions that pre-dated socialist realism, combining visual elements with dynamic editing to create something that can be termed ‘anti-realist.’ The filmmaker’s motivation here is to express feeling and imagination rather than represent a supposed or notional external reality. In achieving this, the techniques used can be traced back to those first employed by German filmmakers after the First World War.
Donato Totaro (Offscreen, vol. 7 #5, May 2003) says that, 'The Cranes are Flying answered the ludicrously romanticised views of war propagated by socialist realism with a healthy dose of expressive realism.' He says, 'Seen alongside [films made during Stalin's tenure]...The Cranes are Flying literally soars with its lyrical, anti-war statement and no-holds barred formal experimentation...'

The lecture will start at 1.30 pm and will last 1 hour. There will then be a 15-minute break before the screening, which will take place at 2.45 pm. After the screening, there will be a Q&A/discussion, and the session finishes by 5pm.

This course is made possible by the support of Berwick Film Society.

By booking online, you will supply us with your personal data, which we will hold in accordance with our privacy policy, available here


Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

The Maltings

Eastern Lane

Berwick-upon-Tweed

TD15 1AJ

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Save This Event

Event Saved