August 13, 2018
Welcome to a special screening of "Strange Victory"
Please join us on Friday, August 17, for a special screening of the film Strange Victory (1948), by Leo Hurwitz, introduced by New York-based curator and critic Ed Halter.
This event starts at 7pm. Admission: NOK 50,-
This rarely seen, stylistically bold documentary equals the visual, poetic brilliance of Battleship Potemkin and I am Cuba while delivering an extraordinary cry from the heart to make a better place for our children. Skillfully combining documentary footage of World War II battles, postwar refugees, and the Nuremberg trials with powerful dramatic re-enactments, Hurwitz wove an extraordinary cinematic portrait of postwar American Fascism. How could it be, the film asked, that servicemen returned home from defeating a racist and genocidal enemy found the United States plagued by racism, Jim Crow, anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, and xenophobia? Strange Victory — a cry for equality and justice — was promptly branded ‘pro-communist’ and a financial flop. Hurwitz was blacklisted from film and television for more than a decade and Virgil Richardson (a former Tuskegee Airman), who portrayed a black vet in the film, chose to emigrate to Mexico to escape to US racism. - Milestone Films
Ed Halter is the co-editor, with the late Barney Rosset, of From the Third Eye: The Evergreen Review Film Reader (Seven Stories Press, 2018). One of the founders and directors of Light Industry, a venue for cinema and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York, Halter is a critic and curator whose work has appeared in 4Columns, Artforum, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. His other publications include Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century (2015, co-edited with Lauren Cornell) and From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games (2006).
Special thanks to the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.
–text by Susannah Faber