DOVZHENKO’S ARSENAL IN BRISTOL
On April 10, 2016, Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s silent film Arsenal (1929), which is part of the KOLO DZIGI cinematic performance series, will be screening in Watershed (Bristol, UK). The restored version of this historical revolutionary epic will be shown to the accompaniment of Guy Bartell and Bronnt Industries Kapital.
Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s film Arsenal (1929) tells the story of the Bolshevik uprising at Kyiv’s Arsenal plant and its suppression by the Central Rada forces. The film was shot in VUFKU Odessa Film Studio by the camera of legendary cameraman Danylo Demutskyi in the original film set by Volodymyr Muller. The expressionist imagery, the perfect camerawork and the original drama took the film far beyond the usual propaganda and made it one the most important works of Ukrainian avant-garde cinema.
Let us remind you that multi-instrumentalist Guy Bartell, the founder and mastermind of the Bronnt Industries Kapital band, wrote the latest soundtrack to the second of Dovzhenko’s feature-length films, which premiered on April 2, 2015, in Kyiv at the opening of the Book Arsenal. Dovzhenko’s Arsenal with the new soundtrack written by Guy Bartell became the anniversary, 10th achievement in the KOLO DZIGI series of musical cinematic performances initiated by Dovzhenko Center and serving as a framework for premieres of restored Ukrainian silent films accompanied by contemporary music.