Film - Feature | November 7 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Directed by the Belarusian Yuri Tarich, this extraordinary feature set in the sixteenth century was influential in the direction of Sergei Eisensteins two-part Ivan the Terrible (194446). 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 castespecially Leonidov of the Moscow Art Theatre, whom Stanislavsky called the only Russian tragic actorand crew, including cowriter Viktor Shklovsky, assistant director Ivan Pryiev, and film editor Esfir Shub.
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