Forbidden cinema

“There is No Sex in the Soviet Union…”: Valentine’s Day Special Event (18+)

17 February, 7.30 pm at Rich Mix (35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA) “There is No Sex in the Soviet Union…“ This unintentionally intriguing comment by a Russian guest on a live US TV link provides a playful starting point for a real question.

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“There is No Sex in the Soviet Union…”: Valentine’s Day Special Event (18+)

17 February, 7.30 pm at Rich Mix (35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA) “There is No Sex in the Soviet Union…“ This unintentionally intriguing comment by a Russian guest on a live US TV link provides a playful starting point for a real question.

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PERVOROSSIYANE (1967): an eccentric take on early Soviet history “unshelved” only in 2009

Year 1967. On the wave of Khrushchev’s Thaw, a lot of filmmakers were eager to push the boundaries of the acceptable, and the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution seemed like an appropriate reason for drawing inspiration from the revolutionary avant-garde.

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PERVOROSSIYANE (1967): an eccentric take on early Soviet history “unshelved” only in 2009

Year 1967. On the wave of Khrushchev’s Thaw, a lot of filmmakers were eager to push the boundaries of the acceptable, and the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution seemed like an appropriate reason for drawing inspiration from the revolutionary avant-garde.

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Paradzhanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates to be screened in London

On the 4th of June Londoners will have the chance to see The Colour of Pomegranates (1968) — a masterpiece of poetic storytelling by one of the most experimental directors of the Soviet Union, Sergei Paradzhanov.

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Paradzhanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates to be screened in London

On the 4th of June Londoners will have the chance to see The Colour of Pomegranates (1968) — a masterpiece of poetic storytelling by one of the most experimental directors of the Soviet Union, Sergei Paradzhanov.

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Embrace the abyss: Favourites of the Moon (1984)

This insightful review of Otar Iosseliani’s Favourites of the Moon is courtesy of our today’s special guest writer Eugenia Ellanskaya.

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Embrace the abyss: Favourites of the Moon (1984)

This insightful review of Otar Iosseliani’s Favourites of the Moon is courtesy of our today’s special guest writer Eugenia Ellanskaya.

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Six simple facts about Necrorealism

AVANT-GARDE Originated in the 1980s, Necrorealism was the first Soviet cinematic avant-garde since the 1920s. The name of the new Eisenstein was Yevgeny Yufit.

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Six simple facts about Necrorealism

AVANT-GARDE Originated in the 1980s, Necrorealism was the first Soviet cinematic avant-garde since the 1920s. The name of the new Eisenstein was Yevgeny Yufit.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Winter Journey / Зимний путь (2013)

Winter Jouney is a deeply intimist – therefore narratively unconventional – film, with multiple themes that are subtly hinted. As if it was Schubert’s lied, the story is not as important as the emotions triggered by an extraordinary acting and a powerful atmosphere.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Winter Journey / Зимний путь (2013)

Winter Jouney is a deeply intimist – therefore narratively unconventional – film, with multiple themes that are subtly hinted. As if it was Schubert’s lied, the story is not as important as the emotions triggered by an extraordinary acting and a powerful atmosphere.

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Obscene music video from the USSR: Faina by Na-Na

Continuing on the subject of music videos from behind the Iron Curtain, we bring you this infamous product of post-Soviet madness 

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Obscene music video from the USSR: Faina by Na-Na

Continuing on the subject of music videos from behind the Iron Curtain, we bring you this infamous product of post-Soviet madness 

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Six letters about beat: Pre-Kino Soviet Rock

Six Letters About Beat is a 1977 student short film that takes a form of visual “letters to the editor” from people of all walks of life – a conservative couple, a groupie girl, members of an amateur rock band, a sociology professor. The letters attack, defend, justify and explain rock music.

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Six letters about beat: Pre-Kino Soviet Rock

Six Letters About Beat is a 1977 student short film that takes a form of visual “letters to the editor” from people of all walks of life – a conservative couple, a groupie girl, members of an amateur rock band, a sociology professor. The letters attack, defend, justify and explain rock music.

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NEP is for New Erotic Policy: The Third Meshchanskaya, or Threesome (1927)

If you think that hippies invented free love in the 1960s, you’re wrong. Russia was never particularly marked by high morality, and the Red October took its toll – fantasies of the emancipated mind were at times driving revolutionaries to the extremes. The sanctity of marriage was dismissed, and to get married or divorced became a piece of cake.

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NEP is for New Erotic Policy: The Third Meshchanskaya, or Threesome (1927)

If you think that hippies invented free love in the 1960s, you’re wrong. Russia was never particularly marked by high morality, and the Red October took its toll – fantasies of the emancipated mind were at times driving revolutionaries to the extremes. The sanctity of marriage was dismissed, and to get married or divorced became a piece of cake.

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My Grandmother (1929): experimental Georgian phantasmagoria

It is absolutely extraordinary that an hour-long film from Georgia, My Grandmother (ჩემი ბებია, Kote Mikaberidze, 1929), predating the surrealism of Dalí and Buñuel, Breton’s dark humour, Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, and even hypnotic homoerotism of Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet (1932), manifests the elements of all these ensuing cultural phenomena. So if you are

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My Grandmother (1929): experimental Georgian phantasmagoria

It is absolutely extraordinary that an hour-long film from Georgia, My Grandmother (ჩემი ბებია, Kote Mikaberidze, 1929), predating the surrealism of Dalí and Buñuel, Breton’s dark humour, Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, and even hypnotic homoerotism of Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet (1932), manifests the elements of all these ensuing cultural phenomena. So if you are

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