Soviet and Post-Soviet Movie Club at the Polonsky Academy
Fall Semester 2017/18
For invitees only
at the Coference Hall, floor 0, Polonsky Academy Building
The Irony of Fate
1975 | Dir: El’dar Riazanov | 184 minutes
A romantic comedy about an unusual encounter between a man from Moscow and a woman from Leningrad on New Year’s Eve. The movie quickly became a classic piece of late-Soviet popular culture and remains highly popular in Russia to this day.
Lenfilm/Mosfilm: St. Petersburg–Moscow Rivalry on Screen
Russia’s first European city vs. the city of golden cupolas. The cradle of three revolutions vs. the capital of the Stalinist empire. The city of rock vs. the city of glamour. The St. Petersburg–Moscow rivalry underlies much of modern Russian history. This semester, the Soviet and Post-Soviet Club at the Polonsky Academy revisits this continuing confrontation and explores the ambiguities, tensions, and entanglements of urban life in Russia’s two most important cities. From light-hearted comedy to touching romance to intense psychological drama, this journey encompasses some of the best Russian films from the 1960s onward.
The screenings will take place at the Polonsky Auditorium on Mondays at 18:00, starting with a brief introduction by Dr. Pavel Vasilyev. All movies will be screened in the Russian original with English subtitles. After each screening, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion.