Unclassified 18+
Boris Barnet, 98 mins, Soviet Union, 1933, 35mm, B&W, Russian with English subtitles. Courtesy: The Austrian Film Museum.

Barnet's seminal film harnessed the expressionistic potential of early Soviet sound technique to conjure a gently comic and affecting anti-war masterpiece.

Set in an isolated Russian provincial village during World War I, the film portrays the complex relationship that develops between a German prisoner, Hans Klering, and his (for the most part) benign Russian captors.

An inventive, lyrical plea for tolerance, the film's themes of divided loyalty and shared humanity are as relevant today as they were in 1933.

Dates   Wed 12 Sep 2012, 7pm
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