*Tsiteli eshmakunebi (Little Red Devils)*. 1923. USSR. Directed by Ivan Perestiani. Courtesy of the National Archives of Georgia

Tsiteli eshmakunebi Krasnye d’iavoliata. 1923. USSR. Directed and cowritten by Ivan Perestiani. Silent, with Russian intertitles, simultaneous English translation, and piano accompaniment. 100 min.

With Pyotr Yesikovsky, Sofia Zozeffi, V. Sutyrin. Jay Leyda called Little Red Devils “the first Soviet (Georgian) film to compete successfully with all foreign products on the country’s screens.” Set during the Ukrainian War of Independence, the film adopts the styles of American adventure films, à la Douglas Fairbanks (and D. W. Griffith), in narrating the exploits of two daredevil teenagers (brother and sister) and a young black acrobat who volunteer as scouts in the Red Cavalry. V. Sutyrin gives an interesting portrayal of the anarchist leader Makhno, whose band of “bandits” is pursued by Budyenny’s cavalry in the film’s freewheeling recreation of historical events.

  1. Sunday, November 30, 2014,
    5:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Monday, November 24, 2014,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1