The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Nightmail (UK-import) (Blu-ray + DVD)

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In the early 1930s, under the nervous eye of the censor, Soviet propaganda films were shown in Britain. They played a central role in developing ideas about film as an art-form. This fascinating package explores the influence of classic, yet little-seen, Soviet documentary Turksib on British documentary films, including the celebrated Night Mail.

Turksib (Victor Turin, 1929):
Bold and exhilarating, Turksib charts the building of the Turkestan-Siberian railway. Presented in the English version prepared in 1930 by John Grierson, with an evocative new score by Guy Bartell (Bronnt Industries Kapital)

The Workers' Topical News No 1 (1930):
The newsreel shown at Turksib British premiere. Australian Wine (Paul Rotha, 1931): charming and lively promotional film employing Soviet-style montage.

The Country Comes to Town (Basil Wright, 1931):
A celebration of the importance of the British countryside.

Shadows on the Mountains (Arthur Elton, 1932)
Expressive titles and cinematography are deployed in this lyrical film about farming.

The Face of Britain(Paul Rotha, 1935)
:A passionate and ambitious appeal for socialist planning.

Night Mail (Harry Watt, Basil Wright, 1936):
Justly celebrated, this seminal film applies the aesthetic lessons of Soviet cinema to a very British tale.


  • New musical scores for the silent films on the programme.
  • 40-page illustrated booklet, drawing on writings of John Grierson, Basil Wright, Paul Rotha and others to chart the Soviet influence in the development of British documentary film.


Produksjonsår 1929 Utgitt 2011
Format Blu-ray + DVD Sone Sone B - Import
Sjanger Dokumentar Antall disker 2
Spilletid 2 timer 43 minutter Aldersgrense 7
Undertekster Ingen Lydformater PCM 1.0 (Engelsk)
Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt Skuespillere Dokumentar
Bestillingsnummer BFIB1130 Leverandør Gardners


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