Silent Witnesses and Twilight of a Woman's Soul | Chicago Reader

Silent Witnesses and Twilight of a Woman's Soul

Two short features by the prerevolutionary Russian auteur Evgenii Bauer. Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913), which I've seen, shows Bauer's adept use of decor in his mise en scene; the film centers on the rape of a wealthy philanthropist by a slum dweller she's trying to help. Silent Witnesses (1914), which I haven't seen, also pivots on class differences—in this case an aristocratic woman and the maid in her Moscow mansion. Also on the program: Vasilii Goncharov's The Pedlars (1910), a short that adapts the story line of a folk song and uses natural settings.

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