*Sami sitsotshkhle (Three Lives Part 1 & 2)*. 1924. USSR. Directed by Ivan Perestiani. Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sami sitsotskhle Tri zhizni. 1924. USSR. Directed by Ivan Perestiani. Silent, with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation. 150 min; intermission 5 min.

With Mikheil Gelovani, Dimitri Kipiani, Nato Vachnadze. Very different in tone from his Little Red Devils but similar in its directorial approach, Perestiani’s Three Lives was improvised, adapted without a script from Giorgi Tsereteli’s classic novel. Distinctive location shooting, inspired compositions, and beautiful use of natural light lend an atmospheric, almost documentary quality to many scenes in this narrative set in late-19th-century Georgia. The film’s strong cast includes Nato Vachnadze in an early role as Esma, a poor tailor woman. Vachnadze, the real-life mother of directors Eldar and Giorgi Shengelaia, was one of the screen legends of Soviet Georgia.

  1. Saturday, November 29, 2014,
    3:30 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2
  2. Tuesday, November 25, 2014,
    7:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2