1929. USSR. Alexander Dovzhenko. Approx. 85 min.
Friday, May 21, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1929. USSR. Written, directed, and edited by Alexander Dovzhenko. With Semen Svashenko, Amvrosiy Buchma, Mykola Nademsky. The Ukrainian Dovzhenko (1894–1956) brought a measure of lyrical poetry to cinematic Bolshevism. Because of poor health this son of a Cossack peasant did not participate in World War I or the Revolution, but Arsenal is one of the great commentaries on the devastation of war. Together with Zvenigora (1928) and Zemlya (1930), it earned Dovzhenko the right to be ranked with Eisenstein and Pudovkin as masters of the silent film, just before its demise. Silent, with English intertitles. Approx. 85 min.