National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre presents the retrospective of silent films featuring the star of American and European cinema Anna Sten (1908-1993) at the Arsenal Book festival 2012. The retrospective is dedicated to the premiere of the film Provocateur at the world's most prestigious festival of silent film Le Giornate del Cinema Muto 2012, which will be held in Italy (Pordenone) on the same days as the Book Arsenal. Within the retrospective, Arsenal guests will see the most iconic works of the actress.
October 4. 18.00
Provocateur (aka His career / In the Spider’s Web, Ukrainian SSR, 1926), directed by Victor Turin, based on the novel There Were Three of Us by Oles Dosvitnii
Exited with the revolution, Volodymyr Borovskyi, a student, enters a student organization hunted down by the police. Volodymyr is terrified of prison, so he becomes an informant for the secret police. One day he informs about the attempt on major royal official’s life. A girl terrorist is arrested upon his denunciation, but the royal general is shot from a different gun…
October 5. 18.00
White Eagle (Russian SSR, 1928), directed by Yacov Protazanov, based on the novel Governor by Leonid Andreyev
1905. A liberal governor attempts to prevent a strike in the city, but the workers refuse to obey. Then he suppresses the strike by force, so as a result some children are killed. The Governor receives a White Eagle Order, yet, he suffers with remorse.
October 6. 18.00
Dmitrii Karamazov the Killer (Germany, 1931), directed by Fyodor Otsep, based on the novel The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Black-and-white German film, directed by Fyodor Otsep in 1931, was created in two versions – a French one (Les frères Karamazoff) and a German one (Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff) with different cast in each case. Only the leads Anna Sten and Fritz Kortner starred in both versions. Thanks to expressionist imagery, subtle psychology, and brilliant performing, the film is considered one of the masterpieces of early sound film.
Screenings will take place in the cinema hall in the right wing of Art Arsenal.
Ukrainian Premiere of the restored version of Provocateur (1926) will be held simultaneously with its world premiere in Pordenone.
Born in Kiev in 1908 as Anna Fesak, Anna Sten became a known Soviet star after such films as Girl with a box (1927), Provocateur (1927), and Earth in captivity (1927). In 1927 Stan married an outstanding film director Fedor Otsep and traveled with him to Germany to take part in a Soviet-German coproduction. The couple decided not to return to the USSR. In Germany Stan became a popular actress due to her work in the films Murderer Dmitrii Karamazov (1931), A Bomb over Monte Carlo (1931) and Fire of Passion (1932), featuring her along with Emil Yannings. Highly praised for dramatic performance in these films by Samuel Goldwyn, Stan received from him an invitation to Hollywood, where she played in 3 of her highest-grossing movies – Nana, We Live Again (both in 1934) and The Wedding Night (1935), starring Gary Cooper. The image of a rustic Eastern European immigrant, which Goldwyn chose for Stan, was not likely to please American audiences, so the actress, who was called the second Greta Garbo, rapidly lost popularity. In the wake of pro-Soviet sympathies, she still often appeared on screens during the 1940s, but in the 1950s and 1960s she only got occasional supporting roles. Thus, Stan dedicated herself to art and had several exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.