THE ANGLO RUSSIAN CULTURE CLUB
SAVE MY SPEECH FOREVER
The documentary ‘Save My Speech Forever’ tells the story of Osip Mandelstam, one of the most significant Russian poets of the 20th century. The poet’s rebellious spirit challenged the Soviet authorities and he was arrested for ‘counter-revolutionary activity’. Mandelstam was sentenced to deportation to Siberia and died in a transit camp near Vladivostok on 27 December 1938, starved, sick, frozen and mentally ill. Witnesses remembered that during the last months of his life, Mandelstam was succumbing to insanity. The name of Osip Mandelstam was prohibited for more than 20 years after he passed away. Only in the second half of the 20th century did Mandelstam’s creative work become well known and appreciated. Mandelstam’s wife Nadezhda literally saved the poet’s speech, memorizing everything he had written. As it was too dangerous and illegal to keep any records containing Mandelstam’s poetry, for more than 20 years Nadezhda spent every night learning, silently reciting and copying his poems by hand in order to save them. Only thanks to her memory can we read these poems today.
‘Osip Mandelstam is one of the most important poetic events that happened to the Russian language in the 20th century. At the same time it’s one of the most tragic fates in the history of our literature. His poetry is extremely tied up to the epoch he lived in and its events.’ (Roman Liberov, director). The movie encompasses a wide range of various genres and mediums: documentary, motion graphics, collage, animation, digital art and puppet theatre. The movie consists of twenty-one chapters about meaningful events in the poet’s life. Each chapter is preceded by animation sequences using the visual language and symbolism of Orthodox iconography and Russian avant-garde at the same time. Icon-inspired animation merged with the key images of Mandelstam’s poetry aims to communicate the poet’s inner states. Being accompanied by the subtitle ‘For all innocent victims killed by their country’, the movie structure refers to hagiographies of the first Christian martyrs and saints. Images beholden to traditional iconography with richly tangible craquelure combined with the pioneering techniques of Russian Constructivist artists – collage and photomontage – illustrate that ambivalent state of being between the Scylla and Charybdis of the two epochs faced by many liberal-minded people of that time.
STARTS AT 7.30 PM, Friday 24th February
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Sands Films is a busy film studio and production facility set up in an 18C warehouse
in Rotherhithe since 1975.
In 2005 Sands Films started a Cinema Club in its screening room.
The popularity of these weekly sceenings has triggered more screenings and events open to the public.
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