In 1917 St. Petersburg, the frontline of the global war moves closer every day, and the Russian people are hungry, worried, and angry. When the tsar is overthrown in February, the revolutionary poets, thinkers, and avant-gardists are euphoric — freedom at last! — but those hopes are dashed when, starting in October, the Bolsheviks rule by themselves. An inventive telling of the Russian Revolution that employs a combination of archival footage and cut-out animation, “1917: The Real October” offers a smart, complex, and playful version of history, focusing not on Lenin but on an array of Tsarist critics, including the bourgeois writer and critic Zinaida Gippius, the social-realist revolutionary Maxim Gorky, the art and culture preservationist Alexandre Benois, and the rebellious futurist artist Vladimir Mayakovsky. Using these individuals’ own words and writings, the film provides intriguing detail about the messiness of the insurgent process and the constant jockeying between different types of revolutionaries. Providing a welcome break from its dense, multifaceted history of Russia, filmmaker Katrin Rothe also self-reflexively incorporates the creation of her animation into the storyline, with the featured characters springing to life from the director’s piles of books.
1917 THE REAL OCTOBER Film Showing: See Trailer
Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:45 pm Plaza Frontenac Theater
The 26th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) continues to provide the opportunity for St. Louis filmgoers to view the finest in world cinema — international films, documentaries, American indies, and shorts that can only be seen on the big screen at the festival.
We also present our usual array of fest buzz films and Oscar contenders, including “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” “Last Flag Flying,” “The Leisure Seeker,” “My Friend Dahmer,” “Thoroughbreds,” “The Upside,” and “Walking Out.”
SLIFF honors a quartet of significant film figures with our annual awards: Pam Grier (“Bad Grandmas” and “Jackie Brown”) with a Women in Film Award; Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” and “ACORN and the Firestorm”) with a Lifetime Achievement Award; Marco Williams (“Tell Them We Are Rising”) with a Contemporary Cinema Award; and Washington U. grad Dan Mirvish (the Jules Feiffer-written “Bernard and Huey”) with a Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award.
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