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FAREWELL: A TRIBUTE TO ELEM KLIMOV AND LARISSA SHEPITKO
Weekends, January 14-March 5
For an all-too-brief period in the late 1960's and early 1970's, directors Larissa Shepitko and Elem Klimov were the golden couple of Soviet-era cinema. She was brilliantly talented and acclaimed for her metaphysical portraits of souls in turmoil (Heat, The Ascent). He was equally gifted, a social satirist who mercilessly skewered Soviet society, earning high-ranking enemies along the way, in films such as Adventures of a Dentist, and Agony-Rasputin. Like many love stories, their ardent relationship had a tragic ending as Shepitko was killed in a car accident while scouting locations for her final film, Farewell to Matyora, a project her grief-stricken husband Klimov would eventually finish as a testament to his wife. Klimov would go on to direct only one more feature, the anti-war masterpiece Come and See, before his death in 2003.
WELCOME, OR NO TRESPASSING (Dobro pozhalovat, ili postoronnim vkhod vospreshchyon)
Director Elem Klimov's classic comedy satirizes the conventions of a children's Young Pioneer summer camp. Klimov daringly mixes a direct critique of the Soviet system with hilarious fantasy sequences.
Directed by Elem Klimov, Soviet Union, 1964, 35mm, 74 mins. In Russian with English subtitles.
Sat.-Sun., Jan. 14-15 at 12:30 pm
ADVENTURES OF A DENTIST (Pokhozhdeniya zubnogo vracha)
In his second satiric comedy, Klimov considers the Soviet practice of punishing talented individuals for the sake of preserving collective mediocrity. In this instance, it's a dentist who can extract teeth painlessly - and when his fame and practice grow, he's forced to demonstrate his talents in front of a commission - but refuses. because of its critical nature.
Directed by Elem Klimov, Russia, 1965, 35mm, 82 mins. In Russian with English subtitles.
Sat.-Sun., Jan. 21-22 at 3 pm
RESTORED ORIGINAL VERSION!
"Establishes the outer limits of Soviet Expressionism...better than entertaining!" -Village Voice
"Mesmerizing...highly sensual! Shares an intoxicating headiness with the surreal works of Andrei Tarkovsky." -Los Angeles Times
Director Elem Klimov takes an experimental approach to the tale of the legendary mad monk, Rasputin, alternating between documentary footage from the period, which he combines with color sequences of Rasputin's deviancy, depravity and destruction. Completed in 1975 and originally intended for the 60th anniversary of the Revolution, Agony-Rasputin was shelved until 1981 and we are pleased to offer viewers a chance to see a pristine print of Klimov's vision.
Directed by Elem Klimov, Russia, 1974-1981, 35mm, 152 mins. In Russian with English subtitles.
Sat.-Sun., Jan. 28-29 at 12:30 pm
FAREWELL TO MATYORA (Proshchanie)
"Resonant, mystical...[an] assured, elegiac evocation of a virtually pagan world, both defined and doomed by its traditions" -Time Out
"One of the most important Soviet films of the decade." -Variety
"Poetic and chillingly beautiful" -Chicago Tribune
Larissa Shepitko had just begun location work on this film when she was killed, in a car crash outside Moscow in 1979. Farewell was finished by her widower, noted director Elem Klimov (Come and See), and became one of the key works of glasnost cinema. When a 300-year-old island community, locked in ancient rites and sacred rituals, is faced with forced resettlement due to a massive hydroelectric project, the elderly women of the village rebel and refuse to leave.
Directed by Elem Klimov and Larissa Shepitko, Russia, 1981, 35mm, 129 mins. In Russian with English subtitles.
"Scene for scene, Mr. Klimov proves a master of a sort of unreal realism that seeks to get at events terrible beyond comprehension" -New York Times
"Klimov's prowess is his visual poetry, muscular and animistic" -Washington Post
"Epic, allegorical and traumatising enactment of the hellish experience of war...a disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare" -Time Out
Klimov's final film remains his most harrowing, shot in muted colors
that even more grimly emphasize the barbarity of war in Nazi occupied
Byelorussia. We follow the teenaged Flyora first into a band of
partisans, then back to his own destroyed village, and, with him,
discover firsthand the brutal ordeals suffered by peasants.
Elem Klimov, Russia, 1986, 35mm, 142 mins. In Russian with English
"A critique of Stalinism and some powerfully expressive imagery...[Shepitko's] gently lyrical compositions express an elemental relationship among machines, humans, land, and sky." -Chicago Reader
Heat was Shepitko's diploma feature that fuses serious political drama
with a cowboy showdown, as an idealistic high school graduate goes to
work on a state farm, only to clash with its authoritarian, Stalinist
Directed by Larissa Shepitko, Russa, 1963, 35mm, 85 mins. In
Russian with English subtltles.
A loving and moving tribute to Larissa Shepitko made by her widower,
Directed by Elem Klimov, Russia, 1980, 35mm, 21 mins. In
Russian with English subtitles.
Sat.-Sun., Feb 18-19 at 3 pm
"Shepitko is a master of rhythmic blending of reality and fantasy. Wings is a milestone in the development of New Soviet Cinema" -Variety
Recommended!"A lovely and nuanced character study" -Chicago Reader
½ "An extraordinary blend of psychological and political daring and sheer physical beauty and excitement" -Chicago Tribune
A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and
loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna. Now a 41-year-old provincial
schoolmistress, she has so internalized the military ideas of service
and obedience that she cannot adjust to life in peacetime. Directed by
Larisa Shepitko, 1966, 35mm, 82 mins. In Russian with English
"[It] turns the classic boy-meets-tractor plot into stirring cinema." -Variety
"Despite the simplicity of the story, Homeland of Electricity keeps fighting against the rules of Socialist Realism" -New York Times
"While Shepitko's tilted shots and rapid cutting reveal a debt to Eisenstein, her gently lyrical compositions express an elemental relationship among machines, humans, land, and sky." -Chicago Reader
Shepitko's Homeland of Electricity recounts a young engineer's efforts
to introduce electric power to a famine-stricken village. Directed by
Larissa Shepitko, 1967, 35mm, 38 mins. In Russian with English
Sat., Feb. 25 at 12:30 pm
Sun., Feb. 26 at 3 pm
Grand Prize Berlin Film Fest
"Extraordinary, gruelling...a remarkable piece of work" -Time Out
"A great film from one of the Soviet Union's most significant women filmmakers" -Sight and Sound
"A psychological adventure of almost mesmerizing tension and terror, leading to an overwhelming emotional and mystical crescendo of a climax" -Chicago Tribune
"Brilliantly ironic with the power and excitement of truths deeply believed." -Chicago Reader
Shepitko's masterpiece, The Ascent, takes place in a Byelorussian war
zone of occupation, captivity and collaboration. The film alternates
between Breughel-esque winter landscapes and tightly shot interiors as
we examine the consciences and fates of two Soviet prisoners of war.
Directed by Larissa Sheptiko, Russia, 1976, 35mm, 111 mins. In Russian
with English subtitles.