Thursday, 21 May 2009
Kozinstev & Trauberg The Club of the Big Deed (С.В.D.) 1927
This post returns to the films shown at the Cambridge Film Guild in the season 1929-30 while Lowry was a student at the University.
The Club Of The Big Deed is an early collaboration between Kozintsev and Trauberg, the originators of F.E.K.S. (Factory of the Eccentric Experimental Actor), is set during the revolutionary period of the Decemberist movement of 1825.
Born in 1905 in Kiev, Ukraine, Grigori Kozintsev started to make films after his studies at Imperial Academy of Arts in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). In 1921 together with Leonid Trauberg he founded The Factory of the Eccentric Actor (FEKS). Rooted in the Soviet avant-garde of the 1920s, his first silent feature films "The Overcoat" (1926) and "New Babylon" (1929) collaborations with Leonid Trauberg) which are influenced by expressionism.
I have not been able to discover any stills for the film. You can read a synopsis of the film on Silents Are Golden. You can also view the film on Fimografia Cine Mudo but you will need to download peer to peer software to view.
The above clip is taken from Kozinstev & Trauberg's other collaboration entilted The Overcoat 1926 which is based on the Gogol story. Gogol was one of Lowry's favourite writers and I will return shortly with a post about Lowry on Gogol. You can watch the whole of The Overcoat on Youtube in segments.