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Retrospective

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Black and White

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The class struggle pure: black slaves against their white oppressors – and the audience is expected to show solidarity. The inner logic of the plot anticipates the propagandist appeal at the end: the oppressed should seek international solidarity; indeed, it would be best if they called on the Comintern for help immediately. A well-intentioned mixture of cartoon-film elements and conformist propaganda.
The film is an impressive example of how the highly unconventional Mezhrabpom-Studio sought to make good films, on the one hand, while being forced to comply with the demands of the state, on the other.

Print courtesy of Gosfilmofond, Moscow

UDSSR 1932, 7 min

by

Leonid Amalrik, Iwan Iwanow-Wano