Revolutionary Cinema

Cinema of the Revolution

Season

Please note: this season finished in May 2017

To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution and its cultural impact we present a season of films which were born from the revolutionary spirit and influence. The season includes Eisenstein's October (Sun 7 May) which dealt with the shifts of power in the Russian government after the 1917 uprising; one of the great forgotten movies of the 1960s, I Am Cuba (Sun 14 May), Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov’s account of the Castro revolution; an extremely rare chance to see The Hour of the Furnaces (Sun 21 May), the film that established the paradigm of revolutionary activist cinema; and Reds (Sun 28 May), Warren Beatty’s tribute to journalist John Reed, author of Ten Days That Shook the World, which provided an intriguing look into American political radicals of the early twentieth century.

Check out our May podcast to hear Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator and Andrew Kelly, Director Bristol Festival of Ideas, talk about the part cinema played in romanticising revolution, the optimism of international socialism, and how some directors making films in a revolutionary context were creating new forms of audience participation.

Presented in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas with support from Bristol Radical Film Festival.

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Previous screenings in this season

Reds  15   Cinema of the Revolution

Reds
Please note: This was screened in May 2017
Film
Warren Beatty’s tribute to journalist John Reed, author of Ten Days That Shook the World, provides an intriguing look into American political radicals of the early twentieth century, their fascination with the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and the improbable foundation of a communist state.

The Hour of the Furnaces  15  S Cinema of the Revolution

The Hour of the Furnaces
Please note: This was screened in May 2017
Film
One of the key films of the 1960s, don’t miss this extremely rare chance to see The Hour of the Furnaces on the big screen - the film that established the paradigm of revolutionary activist cinema.

I Am Cuba  PG  S Cinema of the Revolution

I am Cuba
Please note: This was screened in May 2017
Film
One of the great forgotten movies of the 1960s, Mikhail Kalatozov’s account of the Castro revolution is a brilliant evocation of both the vibrant atmosphere of Cuba and the extraordinary decade when Cubans moved out of the American sphere and began to carve out a new world of their own imagining.

October  PG   Cinema of the Revolution

October
Please note: This was screened in May 2017
Film
With October Sergei Eisenstein - the epic poet of the Soviet cinema - dealt with the shifts of power in the government after the 1917 Revolution, the entrance on the scene of Lenin, and the struggle between the Bolsheviks and their political and military foes.