November 29, 2014, 3:30 p.m. — Three Lives: Parts 1 & 2 (1924)
Three Lives: Parts 1 2
1924. USSR. Directed by Ivan Perestiani. With Mikheil Gelovani, Dimitri Kipiani, Nato Vachnadze. Very different in tone from his Little Red Devils but similar in its directorial approach, Perestiani’s Three Lives was improvised, adapted without a script from Giorgi Tsereteli’s classic novel. Distinctive location shooting, inspired compositions, and beautiful use of natural light lend an atmospheric, almost documentary quality to many scenes in this narrative set in late-19th-century Georgia. The film’s strong cast includes Nato Vachnadze in an early role as Esma, a poor tailor woman. Vachnadze, the real-life mother of directors Eldar and Giorgi Shengelaia, was one of the screen legends of Soviet Georgia. Silent, with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation. 150 min; intermission 5 min.