The great films that bookend the career of Mikhail Kalatozov brought together revolutionary politics and revolutionary cinema. Each, however, was firmly rejected by the movements they aimed to represent.
Giuliano Vivaldi is a Moscow-based translator and writer on cinema.
After the demise of the USSR on December 26, 1991, the Russian left had to find its place in a society transformed beyond recognition. In the face of huge challenges, its activists have led important struggles against the system established by Yeltsin and Putin.
The Italian Communist Party was founded 100 years ago today. One of its most remarkable early militants was Francesco Misiano — a keen internationalist who fought gun in hand in the German Revolution before becoming a leading light of Soviet cinema.