‘Of all the arts the most important for us is the cinema.’
Spark, the Russian Revolution Centenary Committee’s festival of revolutionary film, takes place at two of London’s most renowned independent cinemas: the Phoenix and the Rio. The festival takes its name from the Russian revolutionary newspaper Iskra (Spark). It features classics of early Soviet cinema by Vsevolod Pudovkin, Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov and Esfir Shub. Warren Beatty’s Reds will also be shown as a unique and daring Hollywood film about the Revolution, released at the height of the Cold War.
107 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB; https://www.riocinema.org.uk/; 020 7241 9410
52 High Rd, East Finchley, London N2 9PJ; https://phoenixcinema.co.uk; 020 8444 6789
IntroductionPlease note that ‘Strike’ will be introduced by Mike Wayne, professor in Film and Media at Brunel University.