Pioner Cinema » The Burning Miles
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  • History
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  • 1957
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  • 85 min.
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  • Soviet Union
  • director: Samson Samsonov
  • cast: Igor Savkin, Margarita Volodina, Vladimir Kenigson, Mikhail Troyanovsky
  • language: Russian audio
  • restrictions: 12+

Pioner Cinema and Kommersant Weekend present the programme “History of Russian Cinema in 50 Films”

“The Fiery Miles” came out in the thick of the Lenin Code’s renaissance, but director Samson Samsonov, unlike the directors behind most of the ‘thaw’ film-manifestos, didn’t seek out the sincerity and truth in the revolution; instead, he made a straight-up Western. He was the first to think of it: the Russia of 1918 was just like the Wild West, the ‘dotted line’ of the front just like the frontier, and our tachankas (carts) were the same as their stagecoaches. Not a single phrase in the film reminds us even remotely of a battle cry, nobody dreams of a bright future, and nobody is scared by the fact that the fate of the revolution is being decided here and now. Red and White don’t mean anything in the heat of the fight, and at the end of the day, the only winner is the one who reaches the besieged city first and saves it.

The film will be projected in the 35mm print. Opening remarks by film historian Evgenij Margolit.

Entrance is free with advance registration.


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