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First volume of the Ukrainian Silent Film Classics DVD-collection


Catalogue (360 pages)
6 DVDs
9 cards

 

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UKRAINIAN RE-VISION

 

DVD-collection Ukrainian Re-vision

Ukrainian Re-vision is a collection of the 1920s Ukrainian silent films remastered with addition of new soundtracks, specially created for the films by contemporary musicians. The first volume of the collection titled Ukrainian Avant-Garde includes six classic films of Ukrainian modernism, combined by genres such as revolutionary epic, non-fiction film, and psychological drama. Three of six films from the collection are well known to specialists and cinema lovers, but unfortunately rather abroad than in Ukraine. If such masterpieces presented in this collection as Man with a Movie Camera and Spring were already subject to computer restoration in the UK and Germany, the first significant work by the world cinema classic Oleksandr Dovzhenko Zvenyhora is restored for the first time. Other 3 films – Two days, Night Cabman and Perekop, totally unknown to the public – are also restored for the first time.


Publication of the first volume of Ukrainian Re-Vision is timed to the 90th anniversary of All-Ukrainian Photo-Cinema Directorate (VUFKU), under the brand of which such masterpieces as Zvenyhora, Two Days, Man with a Movie Camera, In Spring, Arsenal, and Earth were created during 1922-1930. VUFKU was a cinematographic state monopoly that united the entire film industry in Ukraine, including film production, film distribution, film education, and book publication. It was one of the most successful film producers in Europe. Exporting movies to France, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, USA, and Japan VUFKU became the second largest after the USA supplier of film production to Germany, which at that time was the leader of the European film industry. VUFKU logo became the logo of the Ukrainian Re-Vision collection.

 

1. Non-fiction film:
- Man with a Movie Camera directed by Dziga Vertov, 1929

Music by Vitaliy Tkachuk quartet (Ukraine), Dj Derbastler (Ukraine), In The Nursery (UK)
 
- Spring directed by Mikhail Kaufman, 1929
Music by Alexander Kochanowskyi (Ukraine)
 
2. Psychological drama:
- Night Coachman directed by Heorhii Tasin, 1928

Music by Arsenii Trophim (Russia)
 
- Two days directed by Heorhii Stabovyi, 1927
music by Dj U-Ra (Yurii Mykhalchuk, Ukraine)
 
3. Revolutionary epic:
- Zvenyhora directed by Oleksandr Dovzhenko, 1927

FUTUREthno (Poland-Ukraine)
 
- Perekop directed by Ivan Kavaleridze, 1930
2Sleepy (Ukraine)

 

The collection includes a bilingual 360-page Ukrainian-English catalog with information about the films and their creators, articles by known Ukrainian cinema critics, and rare archival materials (including reproductions of the authentic film posters to the movies).
 
The collection also features restored original Ukrainian intertitles based on the directors’ scripts. All the films are subtitled in five languages ​​- English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

Ukrainian Re-Vision is also a tool for promotion of Ukrainian culture as one of the most dynamic European cultures during the first third of the 20th century. A culture that has given the world the artistic avant-garde represented by Kazimir Malevich, Alexandra Exter, Vadym Meller, Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Oleksandr Bogomazov, David and Vladimir Burliuk brothers, and Vasyl Yermilov all of whom have changed the paradigm of world art. Many more names of the Ukrainian modernism founders, whose legacy was purposefully corrupted for over half a century, remained on the margins of national memory. By creating this collection we hope to revive the memories of at least part of them.

 

We sincerely hope that the restoration and updating of the silent Film within contemporary Ukrainian cultural field will modify the stereotypical image of Ukrainian culture (both in and outside Ukraine), will help transform national memory and overcome social amnesia typical for post-colonial culture, which suffered from a loss of several strata of cultural experience, but still doesn’t demand their actualization. Silent film is in a sense a metaphor of the trauma in Ukrainian culture; it symbolizes the painful loss of the culture’s voice (language) and the inability to speak because of self-abandonment. The age of Ukrainian avant-garde, the emergence of which in the context of rustic, stateless, and censored culture was itself a paradox, requires a thorough and methodical investigation.

 

The collection is published by Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre on the order of the State Film Agency of Ukraine and the Charitable Foundation named after Ivan and Yurii Lypa in association with the International Renaissance Foundation.

Partners of the project: Bavarian House, Odessa, Embassy of Spain in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University (USA).

 

Computer restoration of the films was implemented by the National Dovzhenko Film Studios.

 

The Collection Ukrainian Re-vision is distributed for free among cultural, research and educational institutions after an official request to the Dovzhenko Centre.

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