Capital Celluloid 2020 – Day 14: Tue Jan 14

Carnival Night (Ryazanov, 1956): Cine Lumiere, 6.30pm

This Kino Klassika screening is part of Melodia!, a thrilling season of classic and contemporary musicals from Russia and the Caucasus. Melodia! celebrates the diversity and complexity of the genre across Soviet, Russian and Caucasian cultures. You can find the full details here.

Guardian review:
In 1956, the Soviet Union having passed from Stalinist terror to Khrushchevian 
unease, the state cinema industry produced one of the most commercially successful films in its history: a musical comedy called Carnival Night, the debut feature from Eldar Ryazanov, previously a documentary-maker. It is as light and nimble as a racehorse jockey – a little miracle of innocence, gaiety, mischief and fun, proof that Soviet cinema could do musicals to be compared to Hollywood’s MGM greats, in spirit, if not exactly in budget. Ryazanov went on to be renowned for slyly satirising the grisliness of apparatchiks and officials, and Carnival Night is surely an influence on Miloš Forman’s The Firemen’s Ball.
Peter Bradshaw

Here (and above) is an extract.

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