I Do Movies Badly: Introduction to Soviet Silent Films (featuring David Bax)
I Do Movies Badly returns from its month-long hiatus with David Bax of Battleship Pretension in tow (tug? Like a tugboat? That’s a boat joke). It’s been a while, so there’s a good deal of catching up first including some talk on working and viewing habits in the pandemic, recapping my improvised marriage in the face of a shelter in place order, and revisiting the lost bet* that resulted in David choosing the topic of discussion.
That topic of discussion, by the way, is Soviet silent films, which were ahead of their time in how they pioneered editing techniques (…and state funded propaganda). It’s a return to film school as David recommends Sergei Eistenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925), Vsevolod Pudovkin’s Mother (1926), and Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929).