Free Russian film series announced at Fairfield University


Image: Fairfield UniversityFairfield University's Russian and East European Studies Program presents a Russian Film Series this semester on campus. All films are free and open to the public.

The series kicks off on at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 4 with "Russian Ark" (2002), Director Alexander Sokurov's award-winning portrayal of the history and culture of imperial Russian told in one fluid camera shot in St. Petersburg's majestic Hermitage. The nameless French protagonist guides viewers on a dream-like tour of the Enlightenment, surrounded by many of the masterworks of Western art. The film will be screened in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room.

Next up at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25 is "Poor, Poor Pavel" (2003) in the Library Multimedia Room. In this period drama, Director Vitali Melhikov's tells the tale of the short, yet intriguing reign of Emperor Paul (Pavel) I, son of Catherine the Great. Seen as incompetent and unstable, he becomes the subject of many a plot against him, even by his own sons.

On Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m., Director Aleksandr Zarkhi's original "Anna Karenina" (1967) comes to the Multimedia Room's screen. Tatiana Samoilova tackles the title role in this sweeping film based on the timeless classic by Leo Tolstoy.

The last film in the series is "October" (1928), Directors Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov's searing and groundbreaking classic about the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. This silent Soviet propaganda film is based on a book by John Reed. It will be screened at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 in Room 200 of the Barone Campus Center.

Each film will be introduced by a faculty member of the Russian and East European Studies Program. For more information, contact David McFadden, Ph.D., professor of history, or Elena Syssoeva, adjunct professor of Russian, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2871.

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Media Contact: Meredith Guinness, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, mguinness@fairfield.edu

Posted on January 21, 2014

Vol. 46, No. 157