Pushkinsky / Pioner: Screen Expositions. Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The Leningrad School.” Opening remarks by film historian Naum Kleiman.
The town of Kalinov on the Volga, in the middle of the 19th century. In the family home of Kabanov merchants, a wedding feast is winding down. For Katerina, the young wife of the merchants’ son, Tikhon, the burdensome and monotonous days of marriage are just beginning. Her strict and overbearing mother-in-law, Marfa Ignatyevna, known among the help as Kabanikha (She-Boar) for her mean-spiritedness and petty tyranny; her weak-willed husband; the shifty and cunning Varvara, Tikhon’s sister; the thieving Kudryash — these are the people who now surround Katerina. When she meets Boris, the nephew of Dikoy the merchant, he seems to her a person from a different and better world. She tries to hide her feelings both from her husband’s kin and, more importantly — herself. Yet out of despair and solitude, Katerina surrenders herself to the power of fate…
One of the greatest examples of 1930s Soviet cinematography, based on the Aleksandr Ostrovsky play of the same name. Awarded “Best Foreign Film” at the 1934 Venice Film Festival.
The film will be shown in 35 mm print.
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