Rent The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Night Mail (1929)

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Synopsis:
In the early 1930s, Soviet propaganda films profoundly influenced the emerging luminaries of the British documentary film movement, shaping their ideas about film as an art form. In this specially curated edition, Viktor Turin's 1929 classic about the building of the Turkestan-Siberian railway, 'Turksib', is presented alongside a number of key British documentaries - including the celebrated 'Night Mail' - all of which were made in the wake of 'Turksib' by filmmakers whose debt to the film is very much in evidence.
Actors:
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Directors:
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Producers:
Harry Watt, Basil Wright
Writers:
Yakov Aron, Aleksandr Macheret, Viktor Shklovsky, Victor A. Turin, W.H. Auden
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Classics, Documentary, Special Interest
Countries:
Russia, Classics, Documentary, Special Interest
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/09/2011
Run Time:
78 minutes
Languages:
English, Silent
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Turksib presented in the 1930 John Grierson version, with a newly commissioned score by Guy Bartell (Bronnt Industries Kapital)
  • The Workers' Topical News No. 1 (1930,5 mins, silent): newsreel shown at Turksib's British premiere
  • Australian Wines (Paul Rotha, 1931,3 mins, silent): lively promotional film employing Soviet-style montage and titles
  • Shadow on the Mountains (Arthur Elton, 1931,20 mins, silent): lyrical film about farming, with expressive titles and cinematography
  • The Country Comes to Town (Basil Wright, 1933,22 mins): a celebration of the importance of the British countryside
  • The Face of Britain (Paul Rotha, 1935,19 mins): a passionate and ambitious appeal for socialist planning
  • Night Mail (Harry Watt, Basil Wright, 1936,23 mins): the critically acclaimed classic about the Travelling Post Office
  • Newly composed scores by Neil Thomas for the silent British films
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/09/2011
Run Time:
78 minutes
Bonus:
  • Turksib presented in the 1930 John Grierson version, with a newly commissioned score by Guy Bartell (Bronnt Industries Kapital)
  • The Workers' Topical News No. 1 (1930,5 mins, silent): newsreel shown at Turksib's British premiere
  • Australian Wines (Paul Rotha, 1931,3 mins, silent): lively promotional film employing Soviet-style montage and titles
  • Shadow on the Mountains (Arthur Elton, 1931,20 mins, silent): lyrical film about farming, with expressive titles and cinematography
  • The Country Comes to Town (Basil Wright, 1933,22 mins): a celebration of the importance of the British countryside
  • The Face of Britain (Paul Rotha, 1935,19 mins): a passionate and ambitious appeal for socialist planning
  • Night Mail (Harry Watt, Basil Wright, 1936,23 mins): the critically acclaimed classic about the Travelling Post Office
  • Newly composed scores by Neil Thomas for the silent British films

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