The L.A. Workers Center and HollywoodProgressive.com are co-presenting a monthly film series February to November 2017 to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the February and October, 1917 Revolutions in Russia, as well as Russia’s 1905 mass uprisings. All 10 films screened during these 10 months are Soviet cinema classics, among the greatest political films ever made.
Before each screening a speaker briefly introduces each film and filmmaker. After each movie the speaker will make additional remarks, followed by a Q&A and light refreshments. These black and white, silent films, with English subtitles, and perhaps musical soundtracks, are screened under imperfect conditions, although this is a chance to see them projected on a big screen. Admission is free, although donations and potluck contributions will be accepted. All screenings start at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month, with the exception of the final film, on Tuesday, November 7th - the exact anniversary of the October Revolution. All screenings are at: The L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Place, L.A., CA 90019. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film historian/critic Ed Rampell, author Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States, is the series’ programmer/co-presenter. The first screening is:
February 24, 2017:
The Progie Awards for 2016’s Best Progressive Film and Filmmaker will be announced.
To honor 1917’s February Revolution, scenes depicting the Czar’s overthrow in Sergei Eisenstein’s 1927 OCTOBER/TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD will be screened, followed by: MOTHER - Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1926 film, inspired by Maxim Gorky’s novel about the 1905 Revolution, about the revolutionary awakening of a middle-aged working class woman, whose son, a trade unionist, is imprisoned. (90 min.)