Spark – A Festival of Revolutionary Films

This Autumn is the centenary of the Russian Revolution and two of London’s independent cinemas are hosting a season of films by Eisenstein, Vertov, Pudovkin and Shub – plus Warren Beatty’s Reds (1981) based on the personal account of the events of the Revolution by John Reed. The Phoenix in East Finchley and the Rio in Dalston have screenings on alternate Sundays mostly starting around lunchtime/early afternoon. If you’ve never seen these Soviet classics, here is a great chance to catch up on an extraordinary period of filmmaking. Download further details here: Spark Programme.

One comment

  1. keith1942

    There are actually Soviet films screening in West Yorkshire. September 16th, as part of ‘Scalarama’, the Hyde Park Picture House are screening ‘The End of St Petersburg’ (‘Konets Sankt-Peterburga’) by Vsevolod Pudovkin USSR, 1927: the film has a live musical accompaniment and is on 35mm. The same title is also programmed in at the Sheffield Showroom. The Hebden Bridge Picture House have ‘Man With a Movie Camera’ (‘Chelovek s kinoapparatom’) by Dziga Vertov, USSR 1929, also with live music but on a DCP. Don’t be misled, the Brochure has ‘Russian’ but it is Soviet.
    We wait to hear if the Leeds International Film Festival will include a Soviet classic, but there is hope that other screenings of these revolutionary masterpieces will be available locally.


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