Vladimir Mayakovsky's work is perhaps the only example of a fusion of poetic and political revolutions. He became a symbol of political renewal for an entire generation and was a major figure in the Russian Futurist movement, believing that art and society would reject the past and strive for a new consciousness. Featuring stage and screen legends Chulpan Khamatova, Evgeniy Mironov and Yuri Kolokolnikov, director Alexander Shein brilliantly manages to employ a non-linear and iconoclastic style for VMayakovsy that captures this incendiary poetic talent in a dazzling, energetic collage of impressions that deftly avoids the trappings of a typical docu-drama.
Presented in Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 2 hours
FORMATS: DCP, MP4
About Vladimir Mayakovsky
Vladimir Mayakovsky's work is perhaps the only example of a fusion of poetic and political revolutions. Mayakovsky became a symbol of political renewal for an entire generation of Russian poetic avant-garde. At the same time, he actively attempted to overcome not only the gap between the poetic and the political, but also the void between high modernist poetry and mass culture. It might be said that Mayakovsky's main occupation was the restoration of the unity of culture, split by modern art and the policy of radical avant-garde. But this search for a new unity of culture paradoxically led Mayakovsky to cultural loneliness. Other modernist-oriented poets and artists of his generation perceived his "soviet" verses as a betrayal of true poetry, while typical representatives of the soviet cultural mainstream did not at all welcome the synthesis of avant-garde and Soviet ideology. As a result, the unifying project imagined by Mayakovsky was, in fact, understood by no one, Today, the relationship between art and politics, as well as between high art and mass culture, remains essentially as problematic as it was in the Mayakovsky era. The figure of Mayakovsky stands today both as a promise and a warning. In VMayakovsky, Alexander Shein perfectly captures the drama and loneliness of a poet trapped inside social success. In this sense, the film is not only about Mayakovsky, but, rather, about the paradigmatic fate of a poet and artist in an era of cultural and social rifts.
Directed by Alexander Shein
Screenplay by Arkadiy Vaksberg, Alexander S. Shein, Alexander A. Shein, Vladimir Gromov. With the participation of Denis Neimand, Irina Margolina
Operator – Jorg Gruber
Painters – Gvidon Agayans, Stanislav Bags (Ivanov), Dmitriy Gytov, Stepan Lykianov, Evgeniy Mitta
Composers – Anton Adasinskiy, Boris Andrianov, Demian Kyrchenko, Arseniy Trofim
Soundesigner – Kirill Vasilenko
Мounting — Arna Aley, Alexander Shapiro, Alexander Shein.
With the participation of Ksenia Fillipova
Еditor — Nikolai Molok
Producers — Viktor Taknov, Liya Lordkipanidze
Co-producers — Vladimir Vodolagin, Olga Davidova, Yruy Kolokolnikov
Vladimir Mayakovsky – Yuriy Kolokolnikov
Lilya Brik – Chulpan Khamatova
Yakov Agranov – Evgeniy Mironov
Lilya Brik – Ludmila Maksakova
Vsevolod Meyerhold – Anton Adasinskiy
David Burliuk – Mikhail Efremov
Osip Brik – Albert Alberts
Yakov Agranov – Nikita Efremov
Veronika Polonskaya – Maria Poezhaeva
Elli Jones – Miriam Sehon