Moya Babushka/My Grandmother
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Live piano accompaniment by David Drazin.
Introduction by Yuri Tsivian, Department of Cinema and Media Studies.
Franz Kafka meets slapstick in this riotous, scathingly anti-bureaucratic satire — a genuine piece of grotesquerie descended from Gogol and the Soviet Eccentric cinema. Noted for its anarchic styles—which include stop-motion, puppetry, exaggerated camera angles and constructivist sets—the film unspools the foibles and follies that abound when a Georgian paper pusher, modeled after American silent comic Harold Lloyd, loses his job.
(Kote Mikaberidze, 1929, 65 min, English intertitles, 35mm, Film Studies Center Archive)