Flicker Alley announces ‘The Bolshevik Trilogy – Three Films by Vsevolod Pudovkin’

Flicker Alley, Lobster Films, and Blackhawk Films® have announced the release of ‘The Bolshevik Trilogy – Three Films by Vsevolod Pudovkin‘, available to own in a Deluxe 2-Disc Blu-ray Edition set on 25th February 2020.

The collection includes three of Russian master filmmaker Pudovkin’s seminal works: Mother (1926), The End of St. Petersburg (1927) and, in a stunning new 2K remaster furnished by Lobster Films, Storm over Asia (1928).

Mother (1926)

A father and son find themselves on opposite sides of the Russian Revolution of 1905, leaving the mother torn between them. But when her husband is killed and her son is wrongfully imprisoned in a labor camp, the mother (played by Pudovkin’s wife, Anna Nikolaevna Zemtsova) is spurred into action, joining the revolutionaries in an effort to take on the Tsar’s Army.

Based on the novel by Maxim Gorky, Pudovkin’s debut narrative feature is both a riveting tale of revolution and a showcase for the young filmmaker’s cutting-edge techniques.

This edition is presented with English intertitles, and features a piano score by Antonio Coppola.

The End of St. Petersburg (1927)

Created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution, the film tells the story of how the Bolshevik party came to power, but through the lens of a peasant boy’s journey from slave laborer to political revolutionary.

Pudovkin employed a mix of classical and montage editing styles in order to produce a feeling of tension in the audience. The result is both a deeply emotional and stylized work of epic filmmaking.

This edition is presented with original Russian intertitles with English subtitles, and features an orchestral score composed by Vladimir Yurovsky.

Storm over Asia (1928)

Set in a fictional British-occupied Mongolia, Storm over Asia follows a young Mongolian fur trapper (Valeri Inkizhinov) who skirts a death sentence by falsely claiming to be a descendent of the great warrior Genghis Khan.

Filmed largely on location in Mongolia, Storm over Asia incorporates an authentic documentary feel into a stirring melodrama, distinguishing the film as a major accomplishment of Russian cinema.

Scanned from 35mm preservation elements in a new 2K remaster by Lobster Films, this edition is presented with original Russian intertitles with English subtitles, and accompanied by an impassioned score by composer Timothy Brock, performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Chess Fever (1925): Pudovkin’s directorial debut, this ingenious satire of the Moscow chess craze combines staged scenes with documentary footage, and features a number of cameos from the worlds of cinema and chess. (Runtime: 28 minutes)
  • A Revolution in Five Moves A visual essay by Maxim Pozdorovkin showcasing the five edits that inspired the Bolshevik revolution. (Runtime 9 minutes)
  • “Five Principles of Editing”A comparison of Pudovkin’s “Five Principles of Editing”. (Runtime: 7 minutes)
  • Amatuer Images of St. Petersburg (1930): (Runtime: 2 minutes)
  • Notebooks of a Tourist Presents: St. Petersburg (c. 1920): (Runtime: 2 minutes)
  • Audio Commentary – Storm over Asia (1928): Featuring film historian and scholar, Jan-Christopher Horak.
  • Audio Commentary – Mother (1926): Featuring Russian film historian and curator Peter Bagrov.
  • Souvenir Booklet: Featuring a new essay by film author and historian Amy Sargeant.

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