Eternity Film Series


THE ASCENT (1977) by Larisa Shepitko, 111 mins. 
 
Larrisa Sheptiko crafted one of the most harrowing anti-war films of all times. Winner of the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival, The Ascent follows two starving soldiers on a trek of betrayal, heroism, and ultimate transcendence. Shepitko’s first films Wings (1966) details the travails of a decorated fighter pilot from the glory days of World War II that oddly mimes Wellman’s Wings (1927) screened on January 28.   
 
FILMS: The Ascent / Восхождение (1977) Larisa Shepitko, 35mm, bw, snd, 111 min. English subtitles. 
 
“Rich in moral complexities and spiritual underpinnings, filmed with a blend of brutal realism and a lyricism that at crucial moments passes into pure abstraction.”  Dave Kehr, New York Times 
 
THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY (1921-23) by Alexandre Volkoff 
CHAPTER 2: THE SECRET OF THE POND, 30 min. 
 
Produced for sophisticated adult audiences, the 10-episode French serial La Maison du mystère showcases the imaginative talents of Parisian White Russian émigré actor Ivan Mosjoukine. The involved plot centers around Julien Villandrit (Mosjoukine) and his star-crossed courtship to Régine (Hélène Darly), that inspires bitterness and jealousy in Henri (Charles Vanel), Julien's long-time associate and secret rival in love. Extremely beautiful 35mm restoration is enhanced by a brilliant new music score of Neil Brand. 
 
FILM: The House of Mystery / La Maison du mystère (1921-23) Alexandre Volkoff, Chapter 2 The Secret of the Pond / Le Secret de l'etang, 30 min. English intertitles. 
 
Total running time: 141 mins. 
Note: The House of Mystery shown over multiple evenings. 
 
LINKS: 
Ascent
https://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/19/movies/homevideo/19dvds.html
http://sensesofcinema.com/2017/soviet-cinema/1977-ascent-larisa-shepitko/
 
House of Mystery
https://vimeo.com/121941607
https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/the-forgotten-the-house-of-mystery-1923
Eternity
Cine Salon Spring 2019 dives deep into big epic films made for the long haul. Monumental images and sounds pulse with a magnitude, imagination and depth of feeling. View the Eternity series schedule.

Series Sponsors: AVA Gallery and Art Center, CATV, Department of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth, Department of Russian at Dartmouth, Jones Media Center at Dartmouth Library, VTIFF Vermont International Film Festival.