Soviet and Post-Soviet Movie Club at the Polonsky Academy
Fall Semester 2017/18
For invitees only
The Pokrovsky Gate
1982 | Dir: Mikhail Kozakov | 140 minutes
A portrayal of everyday life in a communal apartment in Moscow between the 1950s and 1980s that is simultaneously epic, lyrical, and humorous. Featuring several Moscow-themed songs by renowned Soviet singer-songwriter Bulat Okudzhava.
Lenfilm/Mosfilm: St. Petersburg–Moscow Rivalry on Screen
Russia’s first European city vs. the city of golden cupolas. The cradle of three revolutions vs. the capital of the Stalinist empire. The city of rock vs. the city of glamour. The St. Petersburg–Moscow rivalry underlies much of modern Russian history. This semester, the Soviet and Post-Soviet Club at the Polonsky Academy revisits this continuing confrontation and explores the ambiguities, tensions, and entanglements of urban life in Russia’s two most important cities. From light-hearted comedy to touching romance to intense psychological drama, this journey encompasses some of the best Russian films from the 1960s onward.
The screenings will take place at the Polonsky Auditorium on Mondays at 18:00, starting with a brief introduction by Dr. Pavel Vasilyev. All movies will be screened in the Russian original with English subtitles. After each screening, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion.