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Glory to Us, Death to the Enemy

Synopsis

Yevgeni Franzevich Bauer, originally of Bohemian descent, was one of the most important directors of pre-revolutionary Russia and decisively influenced the subsequent high-quality filmmaking of the country. Thus, for example, the brilliant later director Lev Kuleshov worked as a set designer for Bauer. This short war propaganda film, made in 1914 – the same year as his social drama Silent Witnesses – is barely known these days, but it shows Bauer’s excellent qualities as a director. The title Glory to Us, Death to the Enemy sounds very martial, but in fact Bauer treats the heroic theme rather ironically. It’s about a young war bride, whose husband was sent to the front. She herself decides to work as a nurse and to serve the patriotic cause. The interesting and unusual thing about the short film is that the events are shown almost entirely from her perspective, that of a woman. The war is portrayed as terrible, with all the sadness and suffering it causes. The nurse has to ward off the assault of a soldier who tries to rape her. She wounds him and then puts on his uniform to carry out the important mission he was assigned to do.

Guests

Maciej Łyszkiewicz

Maciej Łyszkiewicz

Pianist
Live Music during the screenings of the silent films For you, Poland; Glory to Us, Death to the Enemy; The Heroine from Jiu and The Last Night
In Vienna: April 13-16

Glory to Us, Death to the Enemy

Original Title

Slava – nam, smert – vragam

Director

Yevgeni Bauer

Script

Yevgeni Bauer

Actors

Dora Tschitorina, Ivan Mosjoukine

Genre

Silent film

Category

Retrospektive Women and War, Films and Music

Country

Russia

Year

1914

Running time

31 min.

Distribution/Contact

Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique

Dates

Sunday 15.04.

20:15 Urania, mittlerer Saal