Bruce Loeb accompanying live at the piano
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM/PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm
WINGS OF A SERF ~ 1926
Directed by the Belarusian Yuri Tarich, this extraordinary Soviet silent feature set in the sixteenth century was influential in the direction of Eisenstein’s two-part Ivan the Terrible (1944-46). As film historian Jay Leyda has written, “Wings of a Serf (shown abroad as Ivan the Terrible) is a drama of the time of Ivan IV: the unhappy fate of a serf who is so unwisely clever as to invent an apparatus for flying through the air. Yet when this story leaves the memory, what stays is the extraordinary portrait of Ivan, as played by Leonid Leonidov.” The lasting quality of the film may lie in the composition of the cast and crew, including Viktor Shklovsky as cowriter, Tarich’s assistant director Ivan Pryiev, and film editor Esfir Shub.