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.
House of Mystery
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.