Silent Film with Organ Accompaniment: Aelita: Queen of Mars, October 29

The Soviet Arts Experience Event:

19th Annual Silent Film with Organ Accompaniment: Aelita: Queen of Mars

Jay Warren, organ
Friday, October 29, 2010, 8 pm
5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
rockefeller.uchicago.edu 773.702.7059

Based on Aleksei Tolstoy’s novel, Aelita was the world’s first feature film to use interplanetary travel as its main plot line. A brilliant engineer and a soldier travel to the Red Planet to find it inhabited by meek humanoids and ruled with an iron fist by the beautiful Aelita, who has fallen in love with the engineer after watching him across space through a telescope. A unique set design captures Soviet Constructivism at its most unhinged, although the film was banned by the Soviet government during the Cold War period.

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