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Discovering Georgian Cinema

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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Sunday, December 14, 2014
4:00 p.m. Paradise Lost
Davit Rondeli (USSR, 1938)

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(Dakarguli samotkhe/Poteriannyi rai, a.k.a. Lost Paradise). Director and screenwriter Davit Rondeli‘s “most lasting contribution to Georgian cinema is the comedy Paradise Lost, a hilarious satire loosely adapted from Davit Kldiashvili’s classical stories about the parasitic lifestyle of impoverished nobility. Misconstrued by some officials as ‘anti-Georgian,’ the film’s production was repeatedly interrupted; however, Rondeli in the end won critical recognition for his superb capturing of characters and situations. Paradise Lost is still called the best Georgian comedy of the 1930s” (Peter Rollberg, Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema).

• Written by Giorgi Mdivani, Rondeli. Photographed by Boris Buravlyov. With Dudukhana Tserodze, Bato Kraveishvili, Arkadi Khintibidze, Sh. Bejuashvili. (85 mins, In Georgian with English electronic titling, B&W, 35mm, From Gosfilmofond)