Ian Christie

Lenin famously declared that ‘film was the most important art’ for the Bolsheviks, but died before the new Soviet cinema got started. As the tenth anniversary of the October revolution approached, there was competition and controversy over how it should be marked on screen. Film historian Ian Christie contributed to London’s two major art exhibitions marking the centenary of 1917, and here offers a guide to what was happening on the Kino Front before October appeared.