UK Premiere: The Village Detective: a song cycle
Still from The Village Detective, part of Cinema Rediscovered

UK Premiere: The Village Detective: a song cycle + Q&A with Bill Morrison

classified 15

Restored & Rediscovered


Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Bill Morrison
Mihail Žarov
81 mins, 2021, USA
Primary language

During the summer of 2016, a fishing boat off the shores of Iceland made a most curious catch: four reels of 35mm film, seemingly of Soviet provenance.

Unlike the film find previously explored in Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time, it turned out this discovery wasn’t a lost work of major importance, but an incomplete print of a popular Soviet comedy from 1969, starring the beloved Russian actor Mihail Žarov.

Morrison uses the discovery as a jumping off point for his latest meditation on cinema’s past, offering a journey into Soviet history and film accompanied by a gorgeous score by Pulitzer and Grammy-winning composer David Lang.