Bed and Sofa* (Tretya Meshchanskaya)

  • 1927 ----- b & w ----- 73 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Abram Room; with Nikolai Batalov, Ludmila Semyonova, Vladimir Fogel) Unlike almost any other Soviet silent film, Bed and Sofa deals with an atypical situation: a menage-a-trois during a housing shortage in Moscow. It is a landmark film primarily because of its incredible humor and naturalism in depiction of the characters, particularly of the woman in the triangle. Her decision at the end of the film may symbolize the liberation of women in the new Soviet society. (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Motion Pictures: Features, Soviet Union)