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Cinema Club

Special Guests: Galina Evtushenko (Moscow), founder and Linn Stone (Albany), translator of the film "The Unknown 1917".  

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: New Russia Cultural Center
            1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY 12144
Admission: $25 per person, $20 (Friends's Circle), $13 - students. Event poster.

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This film "The Unknown 1917" reminds us that Russian life in 1917, a year of revolution, was by no means confined to civil confrontations, gunfire exchanges, demonstrations and mass rallies. Ordinary people lived, or attempted to live, quietly and constructively. This simple fact is brought home through the cinematic and photo archival record of a century ago.

The film explores everyday life during that tumultuous year, including such peaceful activities as horses running at racetracks, gypsy choruses performing, people taking sleigh rides, children visiting the Moscow zoo. The legendary Russian bass, Fyodor Chaliapin sings and puts on operas in Moscow and Petrograd; the great experimental theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold stages Lermontov’s “Masquerade” at the Alexandrinsky Theater and is applauded by the poet Anna Akhmatova and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. The writer (and Nobel nominee) Konstantin Paustovsky records his fervent impressions of summer and fall in Moscow. 1917 also is witness to the passionate affair of the Alexandra Kollontai, feminist and colleague of Lenin, and the naval minister Pavel Dybenko. At an estate outside Moscow a lucky coincidence leads to the discovery of a long-lost manuscript of Pushkin. In Moscow itself, the city Duma plans the construction of the Metro.

Through such means The Unknown 1917 demonstrates that the year 1917 did not halt the ongoing advance of Russian thought, culture, art, and everyday life.

Film is in Russian with English subtitles.  Q & A session for those in attendance will follow the film screening.

Galina Evtushenkois, foundrer of the Russian Cinema Club

Galina Evtushenko

Galina Evtushenko is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UAlbany. She is a professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow., where she teaches Film/Cinema Studies. Dr. Evtushenko graduated from Voronezh University and obtained a Master’s Degree in the All–Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIC). She began her career as an independent producer and director with the founding in 2004 of her own production company, Rose Film Studio. She has participated in international film festivals in Greece, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, India, the U.S., and Canada; and in international workshops in Munich, Ebeltoft, New York, and Israel. Read info in Russian here.

Previous Screenings:
May 1, 2018
new times movieRussian Cinema Club Opening Night with Galina Evtushenko.
Full feature movie "New Times"
Film studio "ROSA"
Director-Producer Galina Evtushenko

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