Item #1498 2 bronevika [i.e. 2 Armored Car]
2 bronevika [i.e. 2 Armored Car]
2 bronevika [i.e. 2 Armored Car]
2 bronevika [i.e. 2 Armored Car]

2 bronevika [i.e. 2 Armored Car]

Leningrad: Teakinopechat’, [1928]. Item #1498

[8] pp.: ill. 25x16,5 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Restored, otherwise very good.
One of 12,000 copies produced.

Libretto of a Soviet silent film that has not been preserved. Directed by Sergei Timoshenko, the moving picture “Dva bronevika” (1928) was set in 1917 and showed how two imperial soldiers shifted to the Bolsheviks.
The photomontage design was created by the Ukrainian artist Maxim Litvak (1898–1943). Born and educated in Kiev, he moved to Petrograd where he worked as an artist at the New Drama Theater between 1921 and 1923, then at the Leningrad Film Studio from 1923 to 1930. In 1930 Litvak moved to Moscow where he co-designed pavilions for the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition. He is best known for the constructivist and photomontage designs of posters and librettos for movies of Sovkino and Mezhrabpomfilm.
This booklet consists of two leaves folded in half. For the front wrapper, Litvak created a photomontage composition of a soldier’s bust, two flying armored cars named “Satan” and “Kerensky”, and the constructivist-style title. Its inside covers contain two images of another armored car – one photo is colored in red. The libretto itself is illustrated with film stills and a red silhouette that is drawn in two different places.
A curious page details cinematographic statistic in the Leningrad region for 1927–1928, including the number of movie projectors in schools and prisons. The publication also includes criticism by Viktor Shklovskii who initially wrote the script but later refused to associate his name with the project because the plot had been altered too much by the director. “Sure, it would have been better to direct the film as it was in the script, but it is not bad now. The revolution looks as it was, not embellished”.
Not found in Worldcat.

Price: $3,500.00

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