Wednesday, October 19, 2011 – 7:00pm
Part of the Film Series “Vision and Communism: The Films of Aleksandr Medvedkin and Chris Marker”
Film Studies Center
5811 South Ellis Ave.
Cobb Hall 306
Chicago, IL 60637
Introduction by Robert Bird, Associate Professor, Departments of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Cinema and Media Studies.
In 1967 Chris Marker happened upon Aleksandr Medvedkin’s 1935 film satire Happiness and discovered for the world a lost giant of the Soviet cinema. Further research into Medvedkin’s work led Marker to the “film-train” that Medvedkin had conducted for a time in 1933-1934, in the heady days of the rapid industrialization and collectivization. The thoughtful, inventive and humorous political films of Medvedkin and his comrades not only proved consonant to Marker’s own practice as a film-essayist, but also provided a powerful impulse for Marker’s efforts to encourage insurgent filmmaking at the grass-roots level. Featuring several films that have rarely, if ever, been shown in the United States, this screening series explores a friendship between filmmakers, exemplifying the powerful yet tenuous intimacy that becomes possible when technological media are adopted for the international struggle for social justice.
Part II of the film series documents both filmmakers’ turn to international topics, particularly the effects of Cold War politics on Africa, Vietnam and other developing countries.
For more info and to see the list of individual films that will be shown visit http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/events/2011/vision-and-communism-films-aleksandr-medvedkin-and-chris-marker-0