Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Turksib (1929)

*****
USSR

A little-seen, phenomenally crafted documentary account of the development of a railway line between Siberia and Turkestan. Even if the intention may be exactly the opposite, there is a constant undercurrent to the startlingly gorgeous imagery (ranging from a camel caravan caught in a sandstorm to a tribe of nomads first laying eyes upon modern machinery) of man continually underestimating the vastness and timelessness of time and human progress registering as something moderately insignificant in the greater scheme of the universe.

dir/ed: Victor Turin
ph: Boris Frantsisson, Yevgeni Slavinsky

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