THE NEW BABYLON:
The classic 1929 Soviet silent film

THE NEW BABYLON

Saturday, March 30, 2018 at 8:30 pm
Sunday, March 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm

American Film Institute Silver Theatre (Silver Spring, MD)

The classic 1929 Soviet silent film with Shostakovich’s score performed live (DC area premiere)

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

This astonishing culminating achievement of the Soviet silent film era is an historical epic both whimsical and tragic, set during the 1871 Paris Commune. It is the first of Shostakovich’s historic collaborations with film-maker Grigori Kozintsev – a relationship ending with their epochal King Lear of 1971.

“Kozintsev, together with Leonid Trauberg, aped the madcap pacing of the circus, the variety theater, and American movies, and Shostakovich followed suit. . . . When the Communards are killed by firing squad at the end, Shostakovich responds with a distorted version of the high-kicking can–can from Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.”
Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise

 

FREE SCREENINGS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Saturday March 10 at 3:30 pm: The Youth of Maxim
Sunday March 11 at 4 pm: King Lear