It was only in the dying days of the Soviet regime that the work of the Russian film pioneer Evgenii Bauer was rediscovered and celebrated. Before a premature death in 1917 he made over 80 films, of which more than 20 survive. This selection highlights his preoccupation with doomed love and death as well as his creative use of light and mastery of camera movement. Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913) is Bauer's first surviving film and already shows his masterful use of deep-focus photography. After Death (1915) is adapted from a story by Turgenev and is imbued with one of Bauer's favourite themes: the psychological hold of the dead over the living. The Dying Swan (1916) takes a sardonic view of the popular obsession with morbidity and includes a chilling dream sequence. This compilation features a specially commissioned new music score for each of the films, by Laura Rossi, Nicholas Brown, and Joby Talbot. The release also includes a video essay by Russian film historian Yuri Tsivian.
Vera Chernova, V. Demert, A. Ugrjumov, Vitold Polonsky, Olga Rakhmanova, Vera Karalli, Aleksandr Kheruvimov, Andrej Gromov