Monday Revolution: New Art For A New World 9pm, BBC Four
CONTINUING the season marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Margy Kinmonth’s partially dramatised documentary captures both the excitement of the early Soviet experiment in art, and its tragedy, as any experimentation was later crushed. Focusing on artists like Chagall, Kandinsky, Rodchenko and Malevich, the film explores how the avant garde flourished after the October 1917 revolution, pushing forward a new modernism. Kinmonth brings their work further to life by interviewing their descendants, some of them artists themselves. The stories grow darker as they recount how their ancestors suffered following Lenin’s death, as Stalin began purges on free thinkers, and dictated a strictly limited art. Stay tuned for a premiere of Leviathan (10.20pm), Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s strange, slow, grinding 2014 drama, which sparked controversy in his homeland. The tale of a mechanic losing everything when the local mayor decides he wants his property, it moves on waves of alcohol, corruption, cynicism, history and hopelessness.