Revue

    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • Germany, Russia, Ukraine
    • 2008
    • 82 min
    • Retrospective: Sergei Loznitsa
    Two years prior to Revue, in the film Blockade, Sergei Loznitsa used archive footage to reconstruct the Siege of Leningrad, a city cut off from the outside world by the German army during World War II. Revue is also a time machine that transports the audience into the past using old footage, but in tone it’s the antithesis of Blockade. The earlier film showed a city being destroyed, but here we see a glorious utopia, brought to life in a montage of TV programs and state-approved documentaries. Workers talk cheerfully about their production records, dams are built and rockets launched into space. On the shop floor, machines are shut down so the workers can listen to a poetry reading. Although the film doesn’t play for laughs as much as The Atomic Café (a 1982 montage of archive footage by Jayne Loader and Kevin and Pierce Rafferty portraying U.S. enthusiasm at the dawning of the atomic age), it compellingly captures the grotesqueness of Soviet propaganda.

    Credits

    • 82 min
    • black and white
    • 35mm
    Director
    Sergei Loznitsa
    Production
    Heino Deckert for Ma.ja.de Filmproduktions GmbH
    Editing
    Sergei Loznitsa
    Sound Design
    Vladimir Golovnitski
    Involved TV Channel
    MDR Germany, YLE

    IDFA history

    2016
    Screened
    Retrospective: Sergei Loznitsa

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