In this one-of-a-kind satire of the Moscow housing shortage, a married construction worker invites an old pal to stay with him. The friend not only accepts the worker’s hospitality, but the favors of his wife as well.
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A gem.- a very unusual film by auteur Abram Broom, depicts the relationships, developments, and consequences of a love triangle which originated as a result of a housing shortage in Moscow in Soviet Russia in the 1920's. The depiction of sexually explicit relationships & a woman's right to choose her parner(s)is an aspect of early socialist philosophy.
Quite honestly, I've never seen anything like this. I simply had no idea that such radical statements were being made about sexual politics and female liberation in 1927. I can't imagine anything remotely like it coming out of the United States. The film is a masterpiece on so many levels: lighting, montage, mise en scene, acting, plot development. For Eisenstein history is an epic. For Room it is a private affair.
Don't take her for granted, fellas. Can't be said w/ sufficient frequency or insistence. But often you will. And hopefully y'all get what you got comin'. What really distinguishes Bed and Sofa is its extremely odd (and not common!) combination of deadpan and burlesque. All three of these characters are kind of amusing monsters. It is actually the sociopolitical situation that is the real villain. Ah, the early days.
I have never been so happy to see a woman leave her man (or men, in this case) as I did tonight, at the end of Bed and Sofa. Found myself cheering and stomping mutely with a diabolic, almost-feminist glee in my eye. One of the loudest, most natural films I've seen in a very, very long time. It had more sound and dialogue to it than any talkie ever made. Brilliant experience of which I could talk for days. GREAT.
I loved the ending, the woman's choosing her own fate... The theme of liberated woman could be part of the socialist philosophy; yet the film still surprised me as a Soviet period film focusing on private life and sexual politics. Other than this, the cinematography was nice.
Soviet cinema was always keen to depict a progressive society, despite all odds. I always notice how their mise en scenes are focusing on capturing how industrially revolutionized everyday life in the Soviet Union was(trains, machines, urban life)but Bed and Sofa goes beyond that,presenting issues such as interpersonal relations, sex and female autonomy, topics that are unlikely to be found in 1920s American cinema.