From Russia with Love? Day Course

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Russian Cinema in the Soviet Era and After.
We welcome Ian Christie who returns to our cinema with this new day course.

Soviet cinema gained a worldwide audience in the 1920s, with Lenin’s blessing and its star directors became the first art-house heroes. But there was always much more going on, often not widely exported. We will look at the pioneer period up to 1939, and at the new popular cinema of the 30s.

We move on to the new talents that emerged in the 1960s, often critical of Soviet life and then then look at the leading role filmmakers played in influencing society under Gorbachev. As well as the classics, from Eisenstein to Tarkovsky and Sokurov, Ian will look at comedy, musicals and realism, as well as censorship and different ways of pleasing the masses.

Ian Christie teaches film history at Birkbeck College, at the National Film and Television School and internationally. He is also a regular broadcaster and writes for Sight & Sound, with a longstanding interest in Russian cinema. He has contributed several times to our Summer Film Festival and is always an interactive and engaging speaker.

Tickets £10 (Friends/Students £9) - Complimentary coffee and tea on arrival.

Sat 28 Oct 10:00 – 15:30 (Studio)

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