1929. USSR. Mikhail Kaufman. Approx. 67 min.
With piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1929. USSR. Directed and photographed by Mikhail Kaufman. Kaufman’s breathtakingly beautiful portrait of man and nature—shot in Ukraine during the springtime floods of 1929—was a metaphor for Russia’s rebirth after revolution. The film was made shortly after Kaufman photographed Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, a time when artistic differences and political pressures were widening the rift between the two brothers. Esfir Shub, whose Fall of the Romanov Dynasty is shown on May 4, wrote that Kaufman had captured “exceptionally beautiful nature, urban and industrial surroundings, the Kolkhozs and Sovkhozs, snow and rain, frost and wind: Unsurpassed, however, is the way in which he filmed the people.” Joris Ivens, whose own Song of Heroes is shown on May 28 and June 4, was no less admiring, writing that Kaufman “combines the acid rigorousness of Vertov with the humanistic approach of Cavalcanti.” Preserved by EYE Film Institute Netherlands. Approx. 67 min.