NEOBYCHAINIYE PRIKLUCHENIYA MISTERA VESTA V STRANYE BOLSHEVIKOV
Soviet pioneer Lev Kuleshov’s entertaining comedy is part action movie, part western, part detective film, part light-hearted political satire and part pioneering cinematic manifesto.
“Kuleshov’s film is a masterpiece of technique, a brilliant demonstration of the possibilities of cinema both to entertain and instruct.”
David Gillespie, Early Soviet Cinema: Innovation, Ideology and Propaganda, 2000
When naïve Mr West (Porfiri Podobed) travels to Moscow to see the barbarous Bolsheviks at first hand, he discovers that his bodyguard Cowboy Jeddy (future director Boris Barnet) cannot protect him from the gang of resourceful petty-bourgeois criminals who attempt to steal his dollars, but the Bolsheviks can.
Described by Lev Kuleshov as “a verification” of his innovative cinematic theories, the film satirises US attitudes to the Soviet Union while unashamedly borrowing American cinematic methods and popular genre devices. Rapid cutting, skillful juxtaposed shots and extensive close-ups combine with chases, kidnappings, well-staged fights, romance, slapstick clowning and impressive physical stunts to create an exuberant film whose ideological stance is not unambiguous.
Kuleshov’s first film was Engineer Prait’s Project (1918). He made silent films throughout the 1920s, turning to sound in The Great Consoler (1933).
Cast & credits
- Director Lev Kuleshov
- Assistant Director Vsevolod I. Pudovkin
- Assistant Director Alexandra Khokhlova
- Assistant Director Leonid Obolensky
- Assistant Director Sergei Komarov
- Assistant Director Porfiri Podobed
- Assistant Director Leo Mur
- Production Company Goskino
- Director of Photography Aleksander Levitsky
- Editor Aleksander Levitsky
- Art Director Vsevolod I. Pudovkin