Today

Esfir Shub

As the Soviet Union builds its Communist society, America consolidates capitalism and alienates the classes from one another. Russia at war with the West is the focus of this Soviet 1930s avant-garde masterpiece. Surprisingly contemporary in its propaganda techniques. With live piano by film journalist, film composer and DJ Kevin Toma.

Nowadays Russia has declared a new propaganda war against the West in general and the USA in particular. This battle is happening mainly on TV, but its nature is not new and is rooted in old propaganda techniques first applied decades ago.
Esfir Shub, a pioneer of Soviet avant-garde film and Soviet film propaganda, which in fact were inseparable, made Today in 1929 in collaboration with German communists. Also known as Cannons or Tractors, Today juxtaposes iconic images of the birth of communism in the USSR with iconic images of the birth of capitalism in New York. The confrontation between the two ideologies is expressed in striking avant-garde montage and eloquent inter-titles that praise the Soviets and squash the Americans.
A visual masterpiece and an ideological manifesto, Today proves that any propaganda is a work of fiction that can manipulate images, facts and information perfectly.

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Filmmaker
Esfir Shub
Country
Russia
Year
1929
Medium
35mm
Length
60
Language
silent
Production Company
Sovkino
Sales
Gosfilmofond of Russia
Writer
Esfir Shub, Mark Tseytlin
Cinematography
Yuri Stilyanudis
Editor
Esfir Shub