Film - Feature | July 29 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Andrei Konchalovskys debut feature is expressed with a deft simplicity of style and rare quality of emotion (Michel Ciment). The First Teacher spares no illusions in showing the hardships and hostility encountered by a former Red Army soldier in a rural Central Asian locale (todays Kyrgyzstan), where he is sent to teach. Although he himself is not well educated, his strength is his belief in the new order. Konchalovsky, the grandson of Russian avant-garde painter Pyotr Konchalovsky, appears as an interview subject in Revolution: New Art for a New World, screening in our Limited Engagements series.
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