OBSKURA FILM EVENT: The Spirit of Viktor Tsoi

Legendary rock singer Viktor Tsoi was a Soviet musician, film actor, songwriter and leader of the 1980s rock band Kino. Despite his untimely death, his spirit lives on in his music which remains hugely popular.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: The Spirit of Viktor Tsoi

Legendary rock singer Viktor Tsoi was a Soviet musician, film actor, songwriter and leader of the 1980s rock band Kino. Despite his untimely death, his spirit lives on in his music which remains hugely popular.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Real Youth?

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Real Youth?

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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FILM SCREENING: The Pleasure of Thinking Differently

The Pleasure of Thinking Differently is a film that visualizes Fedor Girenok‘s philosophy. Girenok is a modern Siberian philosopher, professor of philosophical anthropology at the Moscow State University and the father of the Russian achaeo-avantgarde movement.

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FILM SCREENING: The Pleasure of Thinking Differently

The Pleasure of Thinking Differently is a film that visualizes Fedor Girenok‘s philosophy. Girenok is a modern Siberian philosopher, professor of philosophical anthropology at the Moscow State University and the father of the Russian achaeo-avantgarde movement.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Youth In Search

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Youth In Search

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Doomed Youth

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Doomed Youth

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Monstrous Youth

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Monstrous Youth

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Introduction

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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The image of youth in late Soviet cinema: Introduction

‘The image of youth in late Soviet cinema’ is a series of articles exploring the ways youth was portrayed in Soviet films of perestroika period.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: Afterword

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: Afterword

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: Repentance

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: Repentance

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: Mirror for the Hero

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: Mirror for the Hero

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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When Gorbachev came out as a fan of Twin Peaks

It appears that the last General Secretary of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev was a big fan of American cult TV series Twin Peaks and, using his channels, was trying to find out who killed Laura Palmer.

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When Gorbachev came out as a fan of Twin Peaks

It appears that the last General Secretary of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev was a big fan of American cult TV series Twin Peaks and, using his channels, was trying to find out who killed Laura Palmer.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: My Friend Ivan Lapshin

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: My Friend Ivan Lapshin

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: Foreword

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema: Foreword

‘Stalin’s ghost in perestroika cinema’ is a series of articles that explores  the ways in which late Soviet cinema engaged with history and past, and in particular focuses on how the Stalinist years were portrayed in perestroika cinema.

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Films from St. Petersburg at Pushkin House

On Thursday, 23 October, Pushkin House kicks off a four-day film festival ‘Saint Petersburg: Take Another Look’. The programme includes nine films – documentary and feature, classic and contemporary – but all in some way are united by the city of Saint Petersburg.

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Films from St. Petersburg at Pushkin House

On Thursday, 23 October, Pushkin House kicks off a four-day film festival ‘Saint Petersburg: Take Another Look’. The programme includes nine films – documentary and feature, classic and contemporary – but all in some way are united by the city of Saint Petersburg.

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BFI London Film Festival: The Man in the Orange Jacket / М. О. Ж. (2014)

The Man in The Orange Jacket (М. О. Ж., 2014)  is a privately financed Latvian horror film directed by Aik Karapetian. It premiered in The Montreal World Film Festival in 2013 and since then does not cease to attract attention of international film critics that consistently compare Karapetian to David Lynch and Lars von Trier.

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BFI London Film Festival: The Man in the Orange Jacket / М. О. Ж. (2014)

The Man in The Orange Jacket (М. О. Ж., 2014)  is a privately financed Latvian horror film directed by Aik Karapetian. It premiered in The Montreal World Film Festival in 2013 and since then does not cease to attract attention of international film critics that consistently compare Karapetian to David Lynch and Lars von Trier.

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BFI London Film Festival: Hard to be a God / Trudno byt’ Bogom (2013)

This insightful review of Aleksei German’s Hard to be a God is courtesy of our today’s special guest writer John A. Riley, Woosong University. Originally published in SLOVO, vol. 26, no. 2 (Autumn 2014), 29-30.

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BFI London Film Festival: Hard to be a God / Trudno byt’ Bogom (2013)

This insightful review of Aleksei German’s Hard to be a God is courtesy of our today’s special guest writer John A. Riley, Woosong University. Originally published in SLOVO, vol. 26, no. 2 (Autumn 2014), 29-30.

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Controversial Russian documentary in UN sponsored film festival

We The Peoples Film Festival (8th-21st November 2014), organised and sponsored by the United Nations Association UK Westminster Branch, will host the screening of A Russian Fairytale and Q&A with director Jake Mobbs on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at Ravensbourne University.

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Controversial Russian documentary in UN sponsored film festival

We The Peoples Film Festival (8th-21st November 2014), organised and sponsored by the United Nations Association UK Westminster Branch, will host the screening of A Russian Fairytale and Q&A with director Jake Mobbs on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at Ravensbourne University.

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Cherviakov’s My Son (1928) introduced by Petr Bagrov

Lost in the Leningrad archives for seven decades, one of the newly-discovered treasures of Russian silent film makes its debut at Pushkin House. Writer and film historian Peter Bagrov will give a guided tour of the context, as well as the potent emotional content of Yevgeny Cherviakov’s forgotten masterpiece, My Son (Sovkino, 1928).

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Cherviakov’s My Son (1928) introduced by Petr Bagrov

Lost in the Leningrad archives for seven decades, one of the newly-discovered treasures of Russian silent film makes its debut at Pushkin House. Writer and film historian Peter Bagrov will give a guided tour of the context, as well as the potent emotional content of Yevgeny Cherviakov’s forgotten masterpiece, My Son (Sovkino, 1928).

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Screening of rare and unpublished Latvian horror film The Spider

The Spider (Zirneklis, 1991, directed by Vasili Mass) could be one of the rarest gems in Latvian national film heritage. Despite its cinematic qualities and historical relevance, this film, made in the turning point of Latvian history, remained unpublished and largely unavailable for the wide audience.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Screening of rare and unpublished Latvian horror film The Spider

The Spider (Zirneklis, 1991, directed by Vasili Mass) could be one of the rarest gems in Latvian national film heritage. Despite its cinematic qualities and historical relevance, this film, made in the turning point of Latvian history, remained unpublished and largely unavailable for the wide audience.

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Creepy and erotic Russian film posters of the Imperial era

Married by Satan (1917) Director: Viacheslav Viskovskii A witch helps Elena to bewitch a beloved man, and Satan marries them.

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Creepy and erotic Russian film posters of the Imperial era

Married by Satan (1917) Director: Viacheslav Viskovskii A witch helps Elena to bewitch a beloved man, and Satan marries them.

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