RusClub #22

/ 19:30

morpho, Rue Gallaitstraat 80, 1030 Schaarbeek

RusClub #22 – 18/07/2017 doors: 19:30 start movie: 20:00. nadine/Morpho – Rue Gallaitstraat 80 – 1030 Schaarbeek. Please feel free to bring some movie-snacks or movie-drinks.

nadine kindly invites you for RusClub #22.

[NL] RusClub is een platform voor Russische cinema. Alexandra Dementieva gidst het publiek doorheen de geschiedenis van de Russische cinema aan de hand van geselecteerde films. De RusClubs vinden plaats in morpho (Gallaitstraat 80, Schaarbeek). De deuren openen om 7u30 en de eerste film start om 8u.

[EN] RusClub is a platform for Russian cinema. Alexandra Dementieva selects Russian movies and guides you through the history of Russian cinema. RusClub takes place at morpho (Gallaitstraat 80, Schaarbeek). The doors open at 7:30pm and the first movie starts at 8pm.

RusClub #22 takes place on Tuesday 18 July 2017 at 19:30 and the movie that will be shown is:

Intervention (1968 – 107 min)
Directed by Gennadi Poloka

This adaptation of Lev Slavin’s play was notable for its humorous treatment of the Russian Civil War and foreign governments’ involvement in it. The film was shot in 1968 but not completed until 1987 due to the intervention (no pun intended) of the authorities. It was intended to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the October revolution and at the same time be an entertaining film. One reviewer (for Variety) likens the resulting film to what might have happened had directors Jean-Luc Godard and Federico Fellini teamed up with the Red Army in 1968 to put on a cabaret show. Farce is liberally mixed with slapstick. This is far from the kind of stodgy film that was usually produced for official celebrations. After the government stopped the production, the cast sent a letter to Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin defending the film and its director, quoting from Lenin that “the Revolution is a jolly thing, and revolutionary art can’t be routine, dull, cliched.” The letter didn’t help. The show opens with a chorus of very fat girls in tight-fitting band uniforms singing while an army unit goes on maneuvers and a general does bookkeeping on an abacus. In the story, Brodsky, (who is also sometimes called Voronov), is a communist agitator in Odessa, which has not yet fallen to the Bolshevik regime. The local police and military are trying to hunt down the communists. Zhena is a wealthy woman who hopes to escape before the Bolsheviks take over, but she falls in love with a good-looking lad named Sasha, who is involved with the communists. When Sasha works out a deal with the local “bourgeois capitalists” (all made up like clowns) to cover his gambling debts, he becomes an official “Enemy of the Working Class.” Meanwhile, Brodsky has landed in the capitalist’s prison and is declared a hero of the revolution when he dies there. The entire story is told in Odessa slang, liberally mixed with heavy swearing and underworld lingo.
– Clarke Fountain, Rovi