Advanced Search

K-12 Educator
K-12 Student
Museum Visitor
UMMA Docent
UMMA Staff
University Faculty
University Student
Between and Mortarboard


UMMA Object Specific Fields






Query builder

Activity - Research the films behind the Soviet Constructivist Movie Posters    

For this activity, you will work in a breakout room with some fellow students. You will have about 15 minutes to work on the activity in your breakout room.


There are no right answers. Let's have fun with this!


The exercise is

1) select one of the movie posters below.

2) Come up with a one- or two-sentence summary of the movie plot based on the poster and the title of the film.

3) spend a little time researching the film online.

It can be difficult to find information about these films online. Some can be found with a search on IMDB. Some on Wikipedia. Some on neither of those sites.  A good strategy for them all is to do an internet search with "Soviet film" followed by the English-language title. Keep in mind that the names that you see associated with the posters are the artists who made the posters, not the film makers.

4) Prepare for a 2-minute discussion of what you've found that combines visual analysis of the poster with what you can find out about the plot of the movie. Does the poster tell the story of the movie? Do the movie and poster seem incongruous?


 



Overal purple, brown, white and yellow. Image of a woman looking to the left, her hair is blowing. A man is behind her wearing a cap with a finger pointed. There is the outline of a ship on the bottom.
Georgy Stenberg; Vladimir Stenberg
Under Naval Fire
lithograph on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
45 x 31 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (114.3 x 80.01 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall white, blue, brown, yellow and white. An image of a man's head wearing a baseball cap and glasses. Reflected in the glasses are images of a wagon wheel and industrial objects.
Georgy Stenberg; Vladimir Stenberg
The Eleventh
lithograph with off-set photography on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
45 1/2 x 32 x 2 1/2 in. (115.57 x 81.28 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall black, white, orange and red. A woman's face, three playing cards and a vertical stip of white lace on the right hand side.
Georgy Stenberg; Vladimir Stenberg
The Love Triangle (Bed and Sofa)
lithograph on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
43 1/2 x 31 x 2 1/2 in. (110.49 x 78.74 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall black, yellow, white and orange. There is a man's head with a cigarette in his mouth. He has robotic arms and there is a skyscraper in the background.
Georgy Stenberg; Vladimir Stenberg
Symphony of the City (Symphony of a Great City)
lithograph on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
41 in x 27 in x (104.14 cm x 68.58 cm x )
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall yellow, black, red and white. There are two large black handprints with a man's face in a screaming expression.
Georgy Stenberg; Vladimir Stenberg
Fragment of an Empire
lithograph on buff wove paper, laid on down on canvas
40 1/2 x 28 x 2 1/2 in. (102.87 x 71.12 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall black, purple, yellow, off-white and red. There is a circle in the center and various people all around. Man is pointing and looking scared while pointing a finger and a woman is seated on top of her feet. There are three men reading newspapers.
Georgy Stenberg; Vladimir Stenberg
Miss Mend
lithograph with off-set photography on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
7 ft. 1 1/2 in. x 7 ft. 1 5/16 in. (217.17 x 216.54 cm);7 ft. 1 1/2 in. x 7 ft. 1 5/16 in. (217.17 x 216.54 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall blue, yellow, green, white and black. There is a man in a cape holding a lantern in the background. Large white rays are coming from behind the man in the center who is wearing a green uniform. There are multiple people below him all wearing helmets.
Georgy Stenberg; Vladimir Stenberg
Zvenigora
lithograph on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
45 x 31 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (114.3 x 80.01 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall white, red, black and yellow. Woman with blond hair, smoking a pipe. There are words and images coming out of the pipe like smoke.
Anatoly Pavlovich Belsky
The Communard's Pipe (Pipe of the Communard)
lithograph with off-set photography on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
45 1/2 x 31 x 2 1/2 in. (115.57 x 78.74 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall, black, red, yellow and white. There is an image of a native american woman with arms raised and long braids of hair down the front. The background is a diagonal pattern of red and black.
Anatoly Pavlovich Belsky
Eliso (Caucasian Love)
lithograph with off-set photography on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
4 ft. 11 5/16 in. x 45 in. x 2 1/2 in. (150.5 x 114.3 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Mostly black, image of a white cannon and a red pipe.
Nikolaj Prusakov
The Communard's Pipe (Pipe of the Communard)
lithograph on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
46 x 31 x 2 1/2 in. (116.84 x 78.74 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Overall blue, red, white and black. The background is blue with various people performing different acts, the text is large and red.
Artist Unknown
October
lithograph on primed canvas
29 13/16 in. x 5 ft. 2 13/16 in. (75.57 x 159.39 cm);28 1/2 in. x 5 ft. 1 1/2 in. (72.39 x 156.21 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
A woman in a green and black Greecian style outfit holding up her left arm next to a telescope. She has various yellow and black decorations in her dark hair.
P. Grasnick
Aelita
lithograph on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
40 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (102.87 x 77.47 x 6.35 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo

0 Comments

0 Tags & 0 Keywords

Tags

Rate this Resource

AVG: 0 | Ratings: 0

& Author Notes

Creative Commons by-nc-sa

Last Updated

July 26, 2021 12:16 p.m.

Report


Reporting Policy