Contemporary Russia Film Series: The Cranes are Flying

calendar icon July 1, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Blue Hill Public Library invites the public to a series of four films on contemporary Russia, once a week for four weeks. The series is hosted by Professor of Russian literature and cinema, Tony Anemone.

On Monday, July 6th at 6:30 PM, the library will screen “The Cranes are Flying,” directed by Mikhail Kalatoov in 1957 (95 minutes). The only Russian movie to date to win the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this emotionally powerful story of a young woman left behind when her fiancé volunteers for the army at the outbreak of War, is still one of the most popular movies in Russia.

While on the surface, Russian life today shares little with that of the Soviet Union, under the surface the structures of power that define the relation of the state to the individual have remained largely the same. This series – a mix of fiction, literary adaptation, and documentary – intends to explore contemporary Russia as represented in contemporary movies by four leading filmmakers. Each session will include a brief introduction, and then a discussion afterward.

Tony Anemone, Professor of Russian Literature and Cinema at The New School in New York City since 2006, previously taught at Colby College and The College of William and Mary. He and his wife Vivian Pyle, a potter, summer in Surry. All films are shown free of charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

Location: Howard Room
Event Type: Library-sponsored Adult Event
Registration: No
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