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Les frères Morozov, mécènes et collectionneurs

Les frères Morozov, mécènes et collectionneurs

Elisabeth Kapnist

France, Russia | 2020 | 52 min
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Moscow, 1917. The wind of the Bolshevik revolution is sweeping through Russian society and establishing a new order. Art does not escape this upheaval, and Lenin nationalizes the great private collections, among them that belonging to the brothers Mikhail and Ivan Morozov. Over more than 20 years, these patrons of the arts, who were descendants of serfs and had become billionaires in the textile industry, accumulated a fabulous art collection, including works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Derain, and Maurice Denis. The romantic, passionate saga of the Morozov brothers intersected with the extraordinary time at the turn of the twentieth century when Russia was undergoing an unprecedented artistic rebirth known as the Silver Age. In Moscow, one of the epicentres of this renaissance, painters, composers, poets, singers, philosophers, and politicians visited the Morozov’s salons, giving rise to currents of thought that would leave a lasting mark on the evolution of the arts in Russia.
Director Elisabeth Kapnist
Author Christian Dumais-Lvowski
Editing Philippe Baillon
Narration Chloé Réjon
Voice Jean-Christophe Bretignière, Madina Djoussoeva
Sound Sorin Apostol, Matthieu Daude
Cinematography Nicolas Le Gal
Graphic Creation Morgane Bouard
Music Greco Casadesus


Elisabeth Kapnist

Elisabeth Kapnist

After a degree in Literature and Journalism at the University of Strasbourg, Elisabeth Kapnist became an editor from 1975 to 1985. On this occasion, she worked with Jean Rouch. In 1981, she creates with Jacques d’Arthuys, the Blanchet brothers and others the Ateliers Varan. She participated in the Varan workshop in Mexico City in 1981, in Nairobi, Kenya with Jean Noël Cristiani in 1982, and in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2006. Since the 1980s, she has directed numerous documentary films and a few short fiction films.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Neuf femmes aux marches du Palais (2019) ; Luchino Visconti, entre vérité et passion (2016) ; Orson Welles, autopsie d’une légende (2015) ; La vie en vrac (un hôpital psychiatrique de jour) (2011) ; Un écran nommé désir (2006)

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