The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West in the Land of the Bolsheviks

Unclassified 18+
Lev Kuleshov, 94 mins, Soviet Union, 1924, 35mm, B&W, Silent film with English intertitles. Courtesy: The Austrian Film Museum.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
Montage pioneer Kuleshov's silent comedy - made in the same year as Eisenstein's debut feature Strike - disguises avant-garde principles under slapstick experimentation.

The first openly anti-American Soviet film (ironically, Kuleshov was an open admirer of Griffith and Sennett) depicts Mr West (Porfiri Podobed) as a hapless Harold Lloyd-like YMCA president intent on visiting Russia to proselytise.

Misinformed that Bolsheviks are fur-wearing barbarians, he brings along his pistol-toting cowboy sidekick Jeddy (Boris Barnet). A string of mishaps leads to Mr West's enlightenment.

Dates  

Wed 12 Sep 2012, 8.50pm

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