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2002-2003 Events
2003-2004 Events

Russian Studies Events 2004-2005


FALL 2004

Thursday, September 2, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
A Cruel Romance directed by E. Ryazanov, 1984

Thursday, September 16, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
Onegin directed by M. Fiennes (UK), 1999

Thursday, October 7, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
The Cuckoo directed by A. Rogozhkin, 2002

Thursday, October 21, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
Burnt By the Sun directed by N. Mikhalkov, 1994
Some movies have characters that are involving and well-developed; "Burnt by the Sun," however, uses its characters as metaphors for the harsh period of post-Revolution, pre-World War II Russia, as Stalin's rise to power began to reign supreme. The story centers around revered Colonel Sergei Petrovich Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov, who also directs), who has recently relocated to the country with his wife (Ingeborga Dapkunaite) and young daughter (Nadezhda Mikhalkova) for a little rest and relaxation. His plans are somewhat squandered, however, when an old family friend, Mitya (Oleg Menshikov), arrives and rouses everyone into a jovial state of grace, while at the same time reawakening emotions in Kotov's wife, with whom he was formerly involved. Soon it is revealed that Mitya has other, far darker intentions for Kotov, who finds himself at the end of his rope. (

Thursday, November 4, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
Ivan the Terrible directed by S. Eisenstein, 1944

Thursday, November 18, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
Russian Ark directed by A. Sokurov, (2002)
"The Hermitage is to be seen in a new and revealing light in a forthcoming film, a unique ninety-minute panorama of the most famous palace in Russia, now one of the great museums of the world. And more than a museum. In the popular imagination the Hermitage is a living entity, a fabric that breathes Russian history and culture. Quite apart from the endless procession of people who have come to admire its many artistic treasures, generations of the Romanov family actually lived, loved, and, in some cases, died in a place they called 'home' for all its rare splendour.

"The new film will attempt to recreate, as precisely as possible, the historical events which took place in and around the palace. Nowadays such an effect can be best achieved by employing all the scope and scale of a spectacular modern medium to convey the full sweep of history through a sequence of truly majestic rooms. In the words of the director, Alexander Sokurov: 'We are creating a film about the Hermitage, for the Hermitage.'"

Hermitage Bridge Studio (2001)

Thursday, December 2, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
An Irony of Fate directed by E. Ryazanov, 1975