A tale of two RussiasTwo unique beautiful silent films by Russian directors, one living under the shadow of the Soviet Union, and the other, an emigré living in Paris with live piano accompaniment by acclaimed accompanist Jeff Rapsis (visiting from the USA).
'Salt For Svanetia' (1930) USSR Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov (DVD)
An extraordinary and unforgettable Soviet documentary, part ethnological film and part propaganda, about an extremely remote and isolated mountainous part of Georgia, the people that live there, and their folk customs. Much more interesting than it sounds! Directed by the great Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov, who went on to make ‘The Cranes are Flying’ and ‘I am Cuba'.
'Tales Of The Thousand And One Nights' (1921) Directed by V. Tourjansky (9.5mm). Presented by Christopher Bird.
A lavish retelling of some of the Arabian night's stories, filmed on location in Tunisia by V Tourjansky with a cast of Russian emigrés for the French company Albatross. The film only survives in a cut down 9.5mm version so this could be your only chance to see this wonderful film. Despite the small gauge, it still looks sensational.
Under 14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.