Film - Feature | November 9 | 2:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The story of an enterprising Ukrainian philistine, Apollon Shmyhuev (Ivan Sadovskiy), whose peaceful bourgeois existence is upset by the 19171921 Civil War. He accidentally joins a Bolshevik military regiment [and what ensues is] an adventure road-movie with touches of the absurd. Featuring a camel as one of the main characters and mocking Bolshevik bureaucracy and fanaticism, as well as the White Armys kleptocratic pomposity in the Civil War, this adroit farce is one of the best examples of early Ukrainian comedy. The revolutionary agitation of the Red Army is depicted in an openly sarcastic way. When the Soviet government saw itself caricatured, the film was banned.
--Ivan Kozlenko, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto
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