Detroit Film Theatre


Thursday, October 11, 2012

7:00 PM DFT Auditorium

The early output of Russian cinema included a number of adaptations of works by the revered author Alexander Pushkin. Among the most important is this pair of films directed and adapted for the screen by Petr Chardynin. The Queen of Spades (1910), a cautionary fable about love and gambling, also served as the basis of the 1890 opera by Tchaikovsky, as well as the acclaimed 1916 remake which will be screened on November 8. The near-scandalous adaptation of Pushkin’s The House in Kolomna (1913) stars the extraordinary Ivan Mozzhukhin, who soon went on to a film career in France as well as a brief stint in Hollywood at the end of the silent era.

TWILIGHT OF THE TSARS: Russian Cinema from 1910 – 1919

Banned for more than seventy years by the Soviet government, this astonishing series of cinematic treasures – presented in five programs over six Thursday evenings – provides a revelatory glimpse of the extraordinary quality of filmmaking that existed in Tsarist Russia, right up until the eve of revolution. David Robinson of Britain’s Sight and Sound magazine described the viewing of these films as a moviegoing experience akin to “opening the tomb of Tutankhamen.” Each program has a running time of approximately 90 minutes, and features live piano accompaniment by David Drazin.

The DFT’s Crystal Gallery Café will be closed during September and the first two weeks of October due to glass and metalwork restoration of the café’s three monumental windows. Please excuse our dust while we complete this exciting project, the finished work will help to preserve the historic ironwork window frames of Samuel Yellin, and give visitors a beautiful view of the night sky and midtown museum campus along John R. During construction, beverages and light snacks will be continue to served on the ground floor in the central Loggia space near the theater entrance.

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Twilight of the Tsars is presented in conjunction with the DIA exhibition Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, opening at the DIA October 14 and running through January 21st, 2013.