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THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR. WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS

21 october . 4 pm

Fórum Municipal Luísa Todi

Lev Kuleshov

USSR, 1924, 73 min, M/12

cast Porfiri Podobed . Boris Barnet . Aleksandra Khokhlova .

Vsevolod Pudovkin

original title Neobychayyne priklyucheniya Mistera Vesta v strane bol'shevikov

music and live score

ENSEMBLE DA

ORQUESTRA METROPOLITANA DE LISBOA

David Ascensão e Joana Dias (violins) . Santiago Medina (viola) . Tiago Mirra (cello)

production company Goskino

print Lobster Films

Lev Kulechov, one of the most distinguished soviet filmmakers from the silent era, delight us with this example of ironic Soviet propagandistic film that chronicles the adventures of an American, “Mr. West,” and his faithful Cowboy bodyguard, as they visit the land of the horrible, evil Bolsheviks.


This was the first feature film that Lev Kuleshov made with a team of actors who had attended his Experimental Cine-Laboratory. In the most famous of his experiments, which has become known as the Kuleshov Effect, Kuleshov took a shot of the famous actor Ivan Mosjoukine wearing a blank expression. He then cut this shot with an image of a plate of soup, a girl in a coffin, and a woman on a divan. Audiences marveled at the subtle changes in the actor’s face as Mosjoukine reacted with different emotions to the diverse images. In fact, Mosjoukine’s expression never changed, it was actually the same shot of him, repeated three times.


San Francisco Silent Film Festival

ORQUESTRA METROPOLITANA DE LISBOA

The Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (OML) is the milestone
of a project that goes beyond the usual format of a classical orchestra.

 

When OML performed for the first time in public on June 10, 1992, announced the purpose of bringing together the artistic, pedagogical and civic missions through an optimized management of resources and a broad and integrated vision of all aspects of the musical phenomenon.

Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa
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