Russian and East European Studies – MovieClub@UoM

by | Nov 13, 2019 | Events | 0 comments

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 18:00

Graduate School Conference Room
C1.18, Ellen Wilkinson Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road,
M13 9PL

ALL Are Welcome!

On the 19 November we will be watching Intervention (Interventsiya), a 1968 Soviet avant-garde slapstick anti-film directed by Gennadi Poloka, with English subtitles. It is based on Lev Slavin’s play of the same name. The screening will be followed by a wine reception and discussion club.Plot: The action takes place in 1919, when Entente troops arrived in Odessa, under the rule of the Whites, to suppress the Bolsheviks. The main character Michel Voronov works as a tutor for Zhenya, the 19-year-old son of the banker Xidias. Voronov’s real name is Brodsky, and he is the leader of a group of underground Bolsheviks. The situation takes a drastic turn when the banker and her son report Brodsky to the authorities.

Runtime: 102 min.

You will:

  • watch the movie, which was banned in the Soviet Union for nearly 20 years and was released only in 1987.
  • hear “Wooden Costumes”, a famous song by Vladimir Vysotsky who starred in the movie as Voronov/Brodsky.
  • watch a movie directed by Gennadi Poloka, who was called “the new Eisenstein”.


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