The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Nightmail (DVD + Blu-ray)

Release Date: 19 September 2011 | Certificate: To Be Announced
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In the early 1930s, Soviet propaganda films profoundly influenced the emerging luminaries of the British documentary film movement, shaping their ideas about film as an art form. In this specially curated edition, Viktor Turin's 1929 classic about the building of the Turkestan-Siberian railway, Turksib, is presented here alongside a number of key British documentaries including the celebrated Night Mail - all of which were made in the wake of Turksib by filmmakers whose debt to the film is very much in evidence.


Special Features All films presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition Turksib presented in the 1930 John Grierson version, with a newly commissioned score by Guy Bartell (Bronnt Industries Kapital) The Workers' Topical News No.1 (1930, 5 mins, silent): newsreel shown at Turkib s British premiere Australian Wines (Paul Rotha, 1931, 3 mins, silent): lively promotional film employing Soviet-style montage and titles Shadow on the Mountains (Arthur Elton, 1931, 20 mins, silent): lyrical film about farming, with expressive titles and cinematography The Country Comes to Town (Basil Wright, 1933, 22 mins): a celebration of the importance of the British countryside The Face of Britain (Paul Rotha 1935, 19 mins): a passionate and ambitious appeal for socialist planning Night Mail (Harry Watt, Basil Wright, 1936, 23 mins): the critically acclaimed classic about the Travelling Post Office Newly composed scores by Neil Thomas for the silent British films Fully Illustrated booklet with a major new essay by Henry K miller, charting the Soviet influence on British |documentary film

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Region 2
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 57 minutes
Production Year: 1929
Main Language: English
Release Date: 19 September 2011
Certificate: TBA - To Be Announced