Friday, April 9, 2010

Victor A. Turin

Victor Turin's Turksib (1929) is a silent Soviet documentary that glorifies the building of a trans-Asia (Turkestan to Siberia = Turk Sib) railroad to hasten economic development in the vast remote areas of Kazakhstan. One particularly interesting sequence shows local nomadic people on horseback racing a locomotive along the just-opened tracks. A rapid series of shots of riders, the wheels of the train, and the trains-eye view of the landscape creates tremendous excitement.
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