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Revolution: New Art for a New World (2016)

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Margy Kinmonth's new film REVOLUTION - New Art For A New World is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde.


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Credited cast:
James Aroussi James Aroussi ... Vladimir Tatlin
Daisy Bevan ... Varvara Stepanova (voice)
Sean Cronin ... Sergeant Berman
Alex Enmarch ... Nikolay Punin
James Fleet ... Wassily Kandinsky (voice)
Ernest Gromov ... Officer Vorontsov
Tom Hollander ... Kazimir Malevich (voice)
Andrey Konchalovskiy ... Himself
Matthew Macfadyen ... Vladimir Lenin (voice)
Mikhail Piotrovsky Mikhail Piotrovsky ... Himself
Tom Rose Tom Rose ... Gustav Klutsis - Prisoner
Eleanor Tomlinson ... Lyubov Popova (voice)
Zelfira Tregulova Zelfira Tregulova ... Herself


Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Margy Kinmonth, Revolution: New Art for a New World is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, the film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. It tells the stories of artists like Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich - pioneers who flourished in response to the challenge of building a new art for a new world, only to be broken by implacable authority after 15 short years and silenced by Stalin's Socialist Realism. Yet these remarkable artworks survived and the Russian Avant-Garde continues to exert an influence over contemporary art movements. Revolution: New Art for a New World confirms this; exploring the fascination that these colourful paintings, inventive sculptures...

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The Russian Avant-Garde a century on




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Release Date:

10 November 2016 (UK) See more »

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Revolution - La Nuova Arte per un Mondo Nuovo See more »

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A Gem About Post-Revolutionary Russia
9 March 2017 | by southseas_dreamerSee all my reviews

I caught a screening of this film put on by the Denver Film Society and what a gem it is. The two other people in my party and I showed up to the theater just a couple of minutes before it was scheduled to start and we almost didn't get a seat - the theater was that full. This film does a great job of explaining the hope and idealism that was present in the arts community in post-revolutionary Russia and follows it through to the compromise and disillusionment leading into Soviet Realism under Stalin. The writer/director has done a great job tracking down the descendants of the great Avante-Garde artists who tell the fascinating stories of their talented relatives. She also tracks down hidden masterpieces in the vaults of Russian museums that haven't been seen in decades. You will most certainly want to see this film if you are interested in post-revolutionary Russia, Avante- Garde art or art curating. A screen crawl at the end divulges what happened to the various artists mentioned in the film. The lucky ones emigrated. The less fortunate literally died for their art by being tortured to death or were put in front of a firing squad. Others spent decades in the Soviet gulag. Very dramatic stuff!

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