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Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
Revolution and Realism: Films of the Soviet Union
Often described as one of the first science fiction films, Aelita: Queen of Mars chronicles an adventurer’s journey to Mars, where he leads an uprising alongside a beautiful and seductive queen. The film showcases spectacular sets and costumes heavily influenced by the Russian Constructivist movement. This screening will also feature a scholarly introduction by Dr. Jason Strudler, Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian at Vanderbilt. Directed by Yakov Alexandrovich Protazanov. 111 minutes. NR. 1924. Blu-ray. Silent with English intertitles.
Image: Arkady Shaikhet, Express, 1939. Gelatin silver print, 15 5/8 × 21 1/8 in. Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York. Artwork © Estate of Arkady Shaikhet, courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery
The International Lens events take place in the Sarratt Cinema which is located in the Sarratt Student Center at 2301 Vanderbilt Place.