Revolution: New Art for a New World

85+ min. , dist. by Film Movement, www.filmmovement.com. 2018. DVD UPC 859686006741. $24.95. ART-GENERAL
Kinmonth's documentary focuses on the art produced following the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, a period of turmoil and hope provided by the new leadership under Vladimir Lenin. After Lenin's brief reign, however, Joseph Stalin took control, and these artists were silenced, many of them executed or sent to the gulag. The producers of the radical works attributed to this period include painters such as Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky, graphic designer Alexander Rodchenko, and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, to name a few. Featuring interviews with the artists' descendants and museum curators, the film explains the significance of these artworks and how many of them survived (most wound up in the vaults of the State Hermitage Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery). The film is enhanced with rare archival footage, stunning color views of the Winter Palace, and dramatic reenactments.
VERDICT Art enthusiasts and those interested in art and politics will look upon this chronicle as an exciting opportunity to see artistic works that have not been available outside of Russia for nearly a century.

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