Saturday, April 4, 2015
|8:15 p.m.||The Last Crusaders |
Siko Dolidze (USSR, 1934)
Live Music / Judith Rosenberg on piano
Ukanaskneli jvarosnebi). Ethnographic footage of the remote Khevsuri culture forms a scenic backdrop to this drama involving a young Khevsuri, murdered after returning from the big city, and his brother’s quest for vengeance. Was it Chechens, as the local overlord states, or forces that benefit more from ethnic strife? Featuring extreme close-ups of rugged Caucasus faces and striking shots of the region’s vast beauty, The Last Crusaders is as pulpy as any Hollywood epic, yet fascinating for its relocation of usually urban-set concepts of class conflict, collective action, and “saboteurs” to even the remotest of provinces.
• Photographed by Aleksander Digmelov. With Sergo Zakariadze, Sh. Nozadze, Nato Vachnadze, Mikhail Abesadze. (68 mins, Silent with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)