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Red! Art in the Land of Soviets
INA and co-producer Arte just released a 52’ documentary that sheds light on the Russian artistic revolution. This film documents the rising of new artistic movements inspired and formed by the Revolution.
Russia, February 1917. A series of strikes rocks the capital Saint Petersburg, bringing to an end centuries of Tsarist rule. New artistic movements flourish including Rayonism, Suprematism, and Constructivism, each bolder, more inventive than the last.
Revolutionaries and artists march side by side, with Malevich, Goncharova, Kandinsky, Rodchenko serving as figureheads and playing an active role in building the new society.
Fifteen years later, under Stalin’s yoke, avant-garde artists have no choice but to adopt a naturalist aesthetic, more accessible to the masses, and realist painters are placed on a pedestal.
However, following Stalin’s death, a new generation of artists emerges such as Deyneka, followed by Bulatovand and Kabakov, who excel in circumventing the rules in order to revive creativity and innovation in forms.
Using archive images, documents and filmed footage, along with research into graphic design, the film tells the story of the rise of movements that, in a flourish of activity, helped shape 20th century art.
These artists and their work may be found at the Grand Palais in Paris which currently runs the “RED – Art and Utopia in the land of Soviets” exhibition until July 1, 2019.
Director: Pierre-Henri Gibert
Producer: Sylvie Cazin - INA
Retro Footage Takes The Effort Out of Going Back in Time
Retrofootage.org has a vast collection of archival stock footage available for use by productions at a fee which will be helpful to the budget.
Getting archival footage at a quality price has always been a challenge, which is why www.retrofootage.org has been launched. Search the vast collection of archival stock footage, and then for the cost of a handling fee researchers can purchase and download individual clips or entire films. They have taken the hard work out of finding historical footage by putting it all online, making it downloadable and charging the most reasonable prices in the industry.
East Germany the country is no more, but its films live on. Progress is a German archive of the complete film heritage of East Germany from 1946-1990. See the world from the other side of the Iron Curtain.
Its holdings include more than 700 feature films, 2000 documentaries, 1400 newsreels and 950 animated films, made in 35mm with outstanding visual quality. This makes it a unique vision of the events and people in the DDR during the period of the cold war and will be a useful source for researchers looking at this period.
The earlier material is in B/W with colour footage available from 1950 onwards.
Image: Progress staff at footageMarketplace in London last week.
High attendance at the footage industry’s annual content exhibition, networking and educational event.
The event, held – as always - in the prestigious surroundings of the David Lean room at the home of BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, went very well, with many long-established libraries like GettyImages exhibiting with newcomers to the field including HOsiHO, Lola Clips and R3el. Some footage content providers came considerable distances to exhibit – Global ImageWorks from New York and footage berlin and Progress from Germany and SVT from Sweden.
Yet again a major attraction was the seminars. Some attendees had booked into every one. They were compelling in their use of experts to cover their areas of skill which was very enlightening. In a rapidly-changing industry, with new technology emerging all the time, there is always more to learn.
Bob Prior, event organiser and publisher said, “I am very happy with the way this year has gone and we look forward to building on our success, both in London next year and our New York launch on June 26th.”
Visitors came from all areas of the industry but particularly noticeable were footage buyers and researchers, archive producers and specialists in documentaries using available footage.