Bristols BRONNT INDUSTRIES KAPITAL play their new live soundtrack to Oleksandr Dovzhenko's classic silent cult movie ARSENAL to mark the 100 year anniversary this spring of the uprising depicted in the film and to coincide with the album release of the soundtrack. Set during the closing stages of the Eastern Front of the First World War, ARSENAL documents a Bolshevik uprising in Ukraine that was a pivotal moment in the Ukrainian War of Independence, and the country’s war with Soviet Russia.
BRONNT INDUSTRIES KAPITAL's album «ARSENAL», released January 12th 2018 by «I Own You Records», comprises music from BRONNT’s soundtrack to Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s 1928 classic movie ARSENAL. The soundtrack was commissioned by the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine to accompany the recently restored print, and supported by the British Council.
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)