On march 20 in the «Hudozhestvenniy» cinema the enclosed technical viewing of «Lectio Equaria Palestra» took place.
the photo taken by Victoria Shestakova
This film has gained it’s status of «national event» in cinematographic media well in advance of it’s actual TV screening. The technical viewing was arranged for the film crew and NHE students. The reaction of the students can give an idea of a blasting power which was built into the film, because the students are people who are more than any other audience prepared for the perception of such information.
Irina Pankova: I went through tears, through heartache and through laughter over the idiocy and stupidity of people. I went through envy in will and imperturbability of the great anatomist. I went trough admiration of the dedication to the idea… The loathsomeness and the fragility of so-called «society» are shown as they are. Really, it is the «strongest slap for the human pride».
Polina Lavrentyeva: With admiration and awe we dive into the ancient, brilliant but forgotten practice of horse education – the manege reading. Through the retrospect of time and fates of many people and horses we can appraise the modern state of things in the 21st century. And all we can do is to ask ourselves in surprise: are there anyone left nowadays who really thinks that the education and that particular inclination to study reading and writing is that what any human child gets at birth from the mystical «powers from heaven»?
Ekaterina Charushnikova: Either on bloodstained roadway of medieval France or near the bed of dying Karl Krall – all activities are so realistic, that there is no doubt left concerning presented historical picture. Colourful dresses, make up, live action. But the more emotion were drawn not by feature, but by documentary Kao shootings… Viewers leave the hall in a state of shock. There are no impassioned debates or volcanic emotions, but calm joy at the thought about the rise of new arms, which certainly fires at stereotypes and delusions.
Anna Mikhailova: This film differs much from the “Horse Encyclopaedia”. There is no “half-”, but an extremely precise choice between the truth and “public opinion”. When the credit titles were over, I wanted to seclude myself and to think, to live through, to watch the film again and again. That was not because something was unclear, but because every episode was vest with a huge sense and was full of nuances.
Svetlana Korban: In this film, there is a strong scientific and historical base, an equity, firm and straight way of presenting facts. The film is very entire, the stories of every character are associated, though almost all of them lived under different epochs. But what is felt clearly is their unity – the unity of those people who made their contribution to the origin and development of LEP. Each of them is unique person, a person of knowledge, and knowledge connects them all.
The film is cynical, but this means its honesty, outspokenness and lack of wish to corrupt the truth with needless antics in the name of human’s standard perception convenience. Here we have much irony, where there are mockery and contempt for stupidity, narrow-mindedness and fiddling vanity. Human’s stereotypes in thinking and stupidity, as well as religious galimatias, are hobnailed, but in such a charming, beautiful and elegant way, that you have no chance to mask your smile.
Elena Kuzmina: The main feeling that I had after this film is this: this Film is for the ones who want to understand it. To believe it. To know. There are no spoon-feeding, no straight attacks on horse-torturers (and not only on them), no long explanations or prolonged monologues, there are no demonstrations of anything. What is there is a fact. The one of the unpleasant kind, the upsetting one, the tough one. The fact which is irreconcilable with any agreeable human beliefs about, actually, humankind. What else can be told about relationship between a horse and a human after this Film, after all those discoveries? It seems to me that if there is something to tell, these things are not for the TV broadcasting.
This Film is documentary, scientific and historical. And this three genres are bond together. They are bond naturally, brilliantly and easily. What conclusions can a person make after watching this movie? The answer lies in the conscience of that particular person. This Film, actually, is «nearly not about horses». Someone silently gives a spectator a piece of paper on which the interesting story is written. This story is composed of different facts. What kind of story it is? You’ve got to answer this question yourself. I’m sure that the most of the audience while not finding on that piece of paper any dumb jokes or soccer news will use it as a napkin to shamelessly wipe their greasy lips and walk back to it’s cosy cludge grunting in anger. Only few people will understand and accept this Film. And this will be the best proof of it’s total purity and veracity.
Evgenia Shevchenko: This film is tender and heedful towards the unprotected, fragile and vulnerable Horse, towards it’s mind. And it derides the weak, stupid, lazy and violent two-legged. This film is indifferent to the humankind but it is a film about humankind actually. This film is smart, adequate, realistic, truthful, sincere and sober. This film bites the human right into his naked brain.