Jazzman

We Are Jazz

classified 18 (CTBA) S

Melodia! Musicals from Russia and the Caucasus

Film

Sun 26 Jan 12:00

Director:
Karen Shakhnazarov
Cast:
Igor Sklyar, Aleksandr Pankratov-Chyornyy, Nikolay Averyushkin
Duration:
89 mins, Subtitled, 1983, Russian

This unforgettable comedy musical follows the story of the young musician Konstantin and his burning ambition to bring jazz to the Soviet Union in the 1920s.

Expelled from his music school for his love of jazz – a genre that was said to represent US capitalism in 1920s Russia – young Konstantin begins a search to find other musicians who share his scandalous passion. Hooking up with two street musicians with a dubious moral standing, they form an unlikely jazz trio and journey across the Soviet Union, from Odessa to Moscow to Leningrad, trying to gain fame and bring their beloved American-rooted music to the Soviet masses.

Released into the harsh economic reality of the 1980s, it's an example of the loosening on censorship in the late Soviet film industry, at a time when criticising elements of the past became permissible. Hilarious, uplifting, and featuring some amazing historical 1920s music recordings, We are from Jazz is a film about reaching your dreams and the obstacles that must be overcome to find recognition.

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk

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Audio Description
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
S
Subtitled
PS
Partially Subtitled
Times TBC
To be confirmed
CTBA
Certificate to be announced