Track 3 from Bronnt Industries Kapital’s album Arsenal, released 12 January 2018 by I Own You Records. The album comprises music from Bronnt’s soundtrack to Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s 1928 classic film Arsenal, commissioned by the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (ODNC) in Kyiv and the British Council to accompany the ODNC’s recently restored print.
The second film in Dovzhenko’s ‘Ukraine Triology’ (together with Zvenigora and Earth), Arsenal was released in 1929. The film focuses on an episode of the Russian Civil War (1918) in which the Kiev Arsenal January Uprising of workers supported the Red/Bolshevik Army against the Ukrainian nationalists (who ran the country at the time). The American National Board of Review chose Arsenal in its list of top 5 films of 1929 (Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Joan of Arc was also on the list). Exploring a narrative that stresses the tragic nature of civil war, Arsenal is regarded by film scholar Vance Kepley, Jr. as "one of the few Soviet political films which seems even to cast doubt on the morality of violent retribution".
"A terrifically intense soundtrack" Sight & Sound, UK
"Bartell’s score is expertly judged – an echo chamber of horror for the film to resonate inside. I urge you to catch the film with this score whenever you can." Silent London, UK
"An extraordinary soundtrack for an extraordinary movie, Guy Bartell's sound score for Arsenal plugs the viewer directly into the nervous system of this shattering film." John Sweeney
Video used with permission of the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Centre.
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