Three men, one couple, one dog; all searching for gold on the banks of the Yukon, during the gold rush. Everything goes smoothly until one of the men shoots the other two. The couple subdues the murderer and keeps him under constant guard. None can leave, as the ice and snow have begun to melt, flooding the Klondike Fields.
By the Law was the cheapest film ever produced in Russia. It is also absolute masterpiece, whose greatness stems from minimalism. The minimum amount of effort required for story development, a minimum number of characters, a bare minimum of inter-titles and dialogue.
One can label By the Law a formalist action film, a Western psychodrama or an experimental study in bigotry. When it comes to taking artistic styles and genre conventions and playing around with them, Kuleshov remains the master.
Barbara Wurm / Rotterdam IFF
The film will be presented with laptop music live by Franz Reisecker.
Born in 1899, died in 1970. Filmmaker and film theorist who taught at and helped establish the world’s first film school (the Moscow Film School). He studied art in Moscow. When the Russian revolution began in 1917, he joined the Bolshevik army and covered the war with a documentary crew. Beginning 1943, Kuleshov served as the academic rector of The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His students included Eisenstein and Pudovkin. Kuleshov may well be the very first film theorist as he was a leader in Soviet montage theory. For Kuleshov, editing is the essence of cinema - the juxtaposition of one shot with another. To illustrate this principle, he created what has come to be known as the Kuleshow Experiment. In addition to his theoretical work, Kuleshov was an active director of feature-length films through 1943.
1918 Projekt inżyniera Prajta / Proekt inzhenera Prayta / The Project of Engineer Prite
1920 Na czerwonym froncie / Na krasnom fronte / On the Red Front
1924 Niezwykłe przygody Mr Westa w krainie bolszewików / Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov / The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
1925 Promień śmierci / Luch smerti / The Death Ray
1926 Według prawa / Po zakonu / By the Law
1932 Horyzont / Gorizont / Horizon
1943 My z Uralu / My s Urala / We from the Urals