EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR. WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS, THE (1924, Soviet Union)
directed by: Lev Kuleshov

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IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015167

Submitted by Viktorija Eksta on 2008-10-22

Viktorija Eksta's comment:
This is a comedy created by Lev Kuleshov and actors from his masterclass. They worked and conducted diferent experiments together more than 2 years and this film was the result of their work. The story tells about American named Mr. West, who decides to visit USSR and gets cheated by a group of criminaly oriented selfish enthusiasts, who want to suck out West's dollars. In the end he gets rescued by the real bolsheviks and enjoys the beauty of new born Soviet land.
This film expreses Kuleshov's love for American cinema. Because he uses rapid cutting, scenes involving villains and chasing. The film is not a psychologicaly oriented (Kuleshov wrote that it is the greatest flaw of contempror Russian cinema), but is a story full of active movement of events and adventures.


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USA sto
titles
USSR so
Number of shots:
22
78
670
Length(min):
1.71
5
48.62
ASL(sec):
4.7
3.8
4.4
MSL 3.5 3.4 3.1
MSL/ASL
0.75
0.88
0.71
StDev 4.3 2.2 4
Min 0.5 1.6 0.1
Max 18.1 19 26.1
CV 0.92 0.58 0.92
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Author: Yuri Tsivian Date: 2008-10-22

Nice work, Vikucit, and a hard film to do; will look at particulars later, meanwhile take note of three (idetical) shotnotes I added.



Author: Viktorija Date: 2008-10-24

I will keep in mind your remark beceause accuracy mattters in this kind of work. More dificult than doing the measuring of film is finding the shot with a shotnote on the graph. Next week I am going to archive to watch "Project of engeneer Prite" on film because it was not availible in any other source. I am thinking about taking a laptop with me and try to combine watching a movie on the editing table and making cinemetrics statistics. I do not yet know if it will be possible, but I'll try.



Author: Yuri Tsivian Date: 2008-10-24

It will be pretty hard, for you'll have to pause and start with each new reel. What you can do at the erchival editing table is 2 things.

The hard (but most useful) one is to write down the number of frames each shot takes, and then submit to Gunars as a table -- and he'll submit manually. I am not sure what viewing table they use at the Smerli archive, but most viewing and editing tables have frame counters. The hard thing is the slowness of your progress (it might take the whole day), the good thing is, you will be sure that the result is accurate (unless you make some attention mistakes). An additional bonus is that you can submit the film in an advanced mode, by shot scales, as two of my Harvard students, Ana Olenina and Max Pozdravkin did recently with Miss Mend: (6) ASL 3.8 and
Zvenigora: (6) ASL 7.2. Ask for more details if you are up to the task.

Or if this is too hard and time-consuming a method, you can use our standard tool and mearure (and later submit) the film reel by reel. Another useful way of measuring a film. The will choose the 24 fps speed, a little too fast, but still -- a useful picture.




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