Alexander Dovzhenko's _Arsenal_ is one of the strongest pacifist statements
in silent cinema. The film deals with WW I, October Revolution and civil
war in Ukraine and was released by VUFKU studios in 1928. It is also
available on video. The film also fits your second category. Arsenal is the
most experimental of Dovzhenko's films. Close to both constructivism and
expressionism but also very much in "soviet montage" tradition. It has both
non-traditional narrative and stylistic experimentation. The film was shot
by Danylo Demutsky of Dovzhenko's _Earth_ fame. The art direction was
provided by Iosif (Isaak) Shpinel who later designed Eisenstein's
_Alexander Nevsky_ and Ivan the Terrible_ among others.
Bohdan Y. Nebesio
University of Alberta
At 11:34 AM 3/18/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>I'm looking for a film that fits ALL the following criteria:
>1. An anti-war film, particularly one that represents the effect of war on
>2. An art film, meaning non-traditional narrative, stylistic
>experimentation, or preferably both.
>3. Available on video.
>Feel free to reply to me directly.
>Why? I'm teaching an intro film course, and am looking for a film to show
>in class next week to illustrate a reading: David Bordwell, "Art Cinema as a
>Mode of Film Practice." With war against Iraq imminent, ideally I'd like to
>show something that will promote thinking about the human costs of war. I
>guess I'm also looking for a way to express my outrage.
>The problem is, I suspect most films on this topic tend to be fairly
>classical in form. I don't remember Forbidden Games well, but I suspect
>it's pretty classical.
>Lecturer in Film and Electronic Arts
>California State University, Long Beach
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