From November 15, 2019 to January 27, 2020, the noble floor of the Castello Svevo in Bari will host the exhibition The Russian cinema through its posters. The 20s - 80s, a selection of posters and sketches of antique film posters, distributed in Russia from the 1920s to the 1980s and from the collection of the Galleria56 in Bologna, the largest in Italy to preserve this type of documentation on Russian production. The selection on show in Bari includes over sixty films, some of which are well known to the international public and among which stand out the Italians Bellissima and Roma città aperto with Anna Magnani and A difficult life with Alberto Sordi, but also War and Peace with L. Savjoleva, Ivan the Terrible with M. Zharov, Annicka with G. Grogoriu.
Beyond the titles, which reveal in their composition the communicative immediacy of Russian cinema, the interest is concentrated on advertising graphics, very strict on the contents, substantially neorealistic but with significant exceptions to the descriptive synthesis and the most modern interpretation, to as you get closer to the 80s. The authors present are among the most significant of the Russian advertising graphics: from Jakov Ruklevskij with Rome open city to Boris Zelenskij for Bellissima, from Evgenij Grebenshikov with War and Peace and Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Kononov (Otello), from Michail Chazanoskij (Romeo and Giulietta, Sacco and Vanzetti, A difficult life) to Vasilij Ostrovskij (The Little Prince).
It is a vast repertoire of images, sometimes less known, to which the memory of Russian cinema was handed over at the time of its nationalization and which therefore recounts its choices and interpretations. It is a documentation of great value since most of it is made up of pre-press preparatory sketches and therefore original works by the authors, while some posters are early lithographic prints of that time.