a film by Alexandre Medvedkine (1934)

cine-concert by Eric Sterenfeld



Cine-concert by Eric Sterenfeld (1h15)

Happiness tells the story,  of the moujik Khmyr, a poor clumsy peasant, persecuted by the powers of Old Russia , looking for happiness…

Happiness was the last silent film in Soviet cinema, a tragic-burlesque farce that Eisenstein compared to the films of Charlie Chaplin. : « I’ve just seen Medvedkine’s new comedy, Happiness, and, as they say, I can’t keep quiet. Because today I have seen how a Bolshevik laughs! (…) I have to say how much I admire what Medvedkine proposes: in his discourse, his intelligence,and his wonderfuful choice of moments… With Chaplin, the gag is individual, with Medvedkine it is socialist”

First shown in 2005 at the Magic Cinéma Bobigny / other showings include October 2013 at the Festival Solo de Kermarron, Douarnenez, with Kerfi Trouger (percussions), and February 2017 at the cinema l’Ecran, Saint Denis with Kate France.

click to see excerpt