The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
In 1926, the Soviet state film department commissioned Esfir Shub to make a film to mark the 10th anniversary of the 1917 revolution. Already a highly experienced editor, Shub built her work out of fragments of existing footage, hunting down more than 60,000 meters of film and using 1500 metres in the final cut. Some of her finds were extraordinary, including the Tsar’s own home movies, shot by his personal cinematographer. Shub’s flair for storytelling and eye for the dynamic content of a shot, are gloriously in evidence.
This rare, 16mm screening will be accompanied by pianist Jonny Best.