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Гори гори моя звезда — Shine Shine My Star (1969)
Sat 18th Mar '17 - 18:00 - 20:30Free
“The peasant is on a farm. The worker is in the industry,
and the bourgeois bloodsucker is on the Black Sea.”
Shine, Shine, My Star (Gori, Gori, Moya Zvezda), a 1969 film from director Alexander Mitta, is a gem of Soviet cinema which examines the role of Art in society and asks whether or not an Artist can perform and create without political consequences.
A complex, subtle and highly symbolic film, Shine, Shine, My Star presents the story of a young, nimble actor, Iskremas (Oleg Tabokov), an artist who wants to bring “The Art of Revolution to the Masses.” This he intends to accomplish by driving into the countryside and offering free theatre performances to the People.
The film begins with an explanation that it’s 1920, and that the story is set in the village of Krapivnitsky. The village is basically Red, but as the story plays out, it’s under frequent assault by bandits and also a White detachment passes through on the way to join Wrangel in the Crimea. Iskremas arrives in the village of Krapivnitsky with his “People’s Experimental Theatre,” and he’s full of enthusiasm which is conveyed through his energetic performances and speeches to the villagers. He takes a young girl, a now unemployed Polish servant named Krysya (Elena Proklova) under his wing, and together they plan to put on the play Joan of Arc: 500 years ago, the bourgeois and the money bags sent to the stake the beautiful Jeanne. Jeanne from Arc.
The villagers, however, appear much more interested in the salacious silent film powered by Pashka, a man who ad-libs the narration and alters the content depending on the audience. Trouble arises for the villagers when the Whites arrive…