The early cinema following the Russian Revolution, led by visionaries such as Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, saw the introduction of many new cinematic techniques that sought to capture on film the real life of working people.
Later Soviet Cinema, though more heavily censored, still produced some truly remarkable films. In particular the work of Sergei Parajanov, which was said to invent a whole new cinematic language. No matter which film you choose, this collection is full of pioneering, avant-garde filmmaking.
The 1920s was the first decade of Soviet cinema, and the events of the Russian Revolution are explored in works such as Eisenstein's October and Strike.
This was a time of incredible optimism and belief in progress in the Soviet Union, and saw one of the first films made about Space Travel, the visually extraordinary Aelita: Queen of Mars. The sets for this movie were made by Construcivist set-designer Isaac Rabinovich, while the costume were designed by the "Cubo-Futurist" Aleksandra Ekster.