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Discovering Georgian Cinema

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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Thursday, November 20, 2014
7:00 p.m. Amerikanka
Leo Esakya (USSR, 1930)

Imported Print!

Introduction/Peter Bagrov

Live music/Judith Rosenberg on piano


Peter Bagrov, senior curator at Gosfilmofond Russia, is a film historian who specializes in the pre-Revolutionary period and Soviet cinema made between 1920 and 1960

(The Jobbing Press). We are delighted to partner with Gosfilmofond to showcase a number of the archival gems that film historian Sergei Kraprerev has helped rediscover, including the stylistically original Amerikanka. Set in the revolutionary period and filmed at an underground printing shop in Moscow, Leo Esakya’s film foregrounds mechanical objects such as typewriters and printing presses along with typographic materials, using them in symbolic ways to advance the narrative. The film also displays distinctive cinematography by Mikhail Gal’per and Sergei Zabozlaev, who went on to work in documentary. As Kraprerev has observed, “Amerikanka is one of those archival surprises which still await film scholars and film fans.” 

—Susan Oxtoby

• Written by Giorgi Mdivani, Viktor Shklovsky, Giorgi Sturua. Photographed by Mikhail Gal’per, Sergei Zabozlaev. With Zagaria Berishvili, Arkadi Khintibidze, Aleksandr Gromov, Giorgi Mdivani. (76 mins @ 24 fps, Silent with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, From Gosfilmofond)