by Ben Sachs
The Logan Center website describes The Yellow Ticket as "the first film to explore Jewish discrimination in Tsarist Russia," starring Negri as "a young Jewish woman who hides her Jewish heritage to study medicine." Even though Ticket is a German production, it should be fascinating to see how filmmakers portrayed Russian society prior the Revolution of 1919. And as long as we're on the subjects of Russia and silent-film rediscoveries, someone in Chicago should look into reviving the work of Yevgeni Bauer, an influential theater artist who became one of Russia's first major filmmakers. Bauer, who died in 1917, took a different approach to cinema than the famous artists of the Soviet era. Jonathan Rosenbaum has compared Bauer's mise-en-scene to that of Tsai Ming-liang, which suggests his films could mingle just fine with contemporary cinema.