Vsevolod I. Pudovkin
Friday, April 30, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Includes the following films:
1925. USSR. Directed by V. I. Pudovkin. Silent, with English intertitles. 17 min.
Storm over Asia
1928. USSR. Directed by V. I. Pudovkin. With Valeri Inkishinov, I. Inkishinov, A. Chistyakov, Boris Barnet. Silent, with English intertitles. 74 min.
Although Pudovkin (1893–1953) shared Sergei Eisenstein’s predisposition toward montage, he was much more “Western” in that he built his films around individuals rather than the collective. Heavily indebted to D. W. Griffith, Pudovkin’s Storm over Asia—like Griffith’s Intolerance—relies a great deal on moving cameras and spectacle to capture the epic sweep of history. And like Griffith, Pudovkin takes pains to develop his characters as they travel across his broad canvas, as in his brilliant adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Mother (1925). This is something Eisenstein did not seriously attempt until the 1930s, at the cost of the audience’s emotional engagement.
In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film
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