11 May 2015

Soviet Union Cinema

If I had to choose films from only one country (out of all the countries on the planet) it would be Russia* (former Soviet Union Cinema) . In my opinion no other country has endowed the cinema with as much absolute and poetic imagery as the Russian masters. Images rooted in a deeply pictorial expressionism, imagery that is so violently strong and assured while in other moments serene, vulnerable and disturbed. For me, Russian cinema displays so many characteristics and examples that are as close to the true art of photography as filmmaking has ever been and perhaps will ever be.  If a background in photography and a keen interest in the 19th century sit alongside your itinerary  then the great map of Russian cinema lights up across the board. I don’t think the true essence of their cinema has departed from romanticism.

Now with all of this in view, the torment of some haunting desire to make a film hangs over the head of the cinephile, creating an indelible impression that follows them thereafter. You, ultimately behaving like the masochistic creature that you are, happily descend the road hand-in-hand with the torment of cinema, along the way inflicting madness on others due to some sadistic urge to share, and perhaps more-so because you react to films in a more satisfactory manner than to life itself. I think that your own films are simply personal letters  that must be sent… a one way love without hope!

*Note: Andrei Tarkovsky, Alexander Sokurov, Sergei Parajanov, Aleksey German, Boris Barnet, Mikhail Kalatozov, Konstantin Lopushansky, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Larisa Shepitko, Alexander Dovzhenko, Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Kozintsev, Dziga Vertov, Tengiz Abuladze, Elem Klimov, Kira Muratova, Yevgeny Yufit among others!