Великий утешитель / Velikiy uteshitel / The Great Consoler (1933)
DVD9 + DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | PAL, 16:9 (720x576) VBR | 01:31:31 | 10.4 Gb
Audio: Russian AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs (Disc 1 & 2): Russian, English
Subs (Disc 2): French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
In America in 1899, Bill Porter - the 'great consoler' of the title, is in prison. His writing skills earn him privileges from the governor and he is spared the inhumane treatment meted out to other prisoners. Porter is aware of the brutality around him but, mindful of his better conditions, refuses to write about prison life, preferring instead to console his less-well-treated companions with excessively romantic fantasies in which good invariably triumphs over evil. The film was denounced at the 1935 Communist Party conference, effectively ending Kuleshov's career. The film is presented as a 2-disc 'hyperkino edition' which features the standard film, with subtitles, on one disc, with the second disc featuring numerous scene-specific annotations, clips and documents (in Russian and in English) that can be viewed on screen and which contextualise the film and enhance the viewer's understanding.