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5.0 out of 5 stars
Seminal Russian, 19 Feb 2003
Evgenii Bauer started making films in 1913 and died in 1917. During those four years he apparently made some eighty films of which only 20 survive. This disc gives a selection of three fifty-odd minute films from 1913, 1915 & 1916. They reveal a highly innovative, creative cinematic mind which would surely have given a truly great legacy if he had not died so prematurely. From the evidence here I want to see the other 17 films! Bauer's elegantly restrained realisation of his art is quite astonishing, with some wonderful, gliding dollying and panning and some mesmerising dream sequences. All three films are accompanied by specially commissioned music which complements the visual material beautifully. Ripping stuff!!! The disc also has an extremely well observed, informative and erudite video essay by Yuri Tsivian. A great disc from the British Film Instute. Anyone with an interest in the beginnings of cinema should buy this now!!!!