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Discovering Georgian Cinema

Discovering Georgian Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015
7:00 p.m. The Doomed: Russian Soldiers in France
Lev Push (USSR, 1930) 

Imported Print!
Live Music/ Judith Rosenberg on piano


(Gantsirulni). Prison escapes, mutinies, a love affair, and vengeful plots fuel this entertaining silent Russian epic, set among Russian émigrés in Paris after the First World War. Director Lev Push teamed with noted Georgian artist Lado Gudiashvili, who had lived in Paris from 1921 to 1925, to painstakingly recreate the Paris of the era. Based on the real-life mutiny of Russian expeditionary corps in France after the Russian Revolution, the film took a then-current worry of the government—that military-trained Russian émigrés in Europe could unite to take arms against the new Bolshevik government—and turned it into a fantasy of “patriotic” Russians actually banding together to help their new overlord

—Jason Sanders

• Written by Aleksandr Gidon, Push, Boris Sharanskii. Photographed by Vladimir Kereselidze. With Nikolay Kolomenski, Galina Egorova-Dolenko, A. Martinov, Shalva Khuskivadze. (70 mins, Silent with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, From Gosfilmofond of Russia)