Filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa has once again scoured the Russian film archives for “Revue,” selecting excerpts from newsreels, propaganda films, TV shows and feature films that present an evocative portrait of Soviet life during the 1950s and 1960s.
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A fascinating compendium of old Soviet propaganda broadcasts which presented the best face possible of a relentlessly optimistic world. The audience are all in on the joke––that the narrative is disingenuous throughout––but there is nonetheless genuine joy and art to be seen. A fluid interrogation of one's understanding of history that recalls another great archive documentary, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu.
Moving archive images depicting vividly the lives of a bygone era, the ideology of a generation. The world represented seemed so victorious and glorious, where every problem had a solution, where the enthusiam was shared. We all know the irony and the tragedy.