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Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, with support from the Soviet Arts Experience are proud to present:

Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Soviet Arts Experience, CEERES presents a lecture series that explores life under communism beyond Soviet metropoles.

Katherine Verdery (CUNY), Thursday, March 31st;
@ 4:30pm in Haskell 315
“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

• Russell Zanca (Northeastern Illinois University), Tuesday, April 12th;
@ 5pm in Classics 110
“There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan”

• Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University), Thursday, April 28th;
@ 5pm in the Franke Institute
“The Intimacy of Power: Laughter, Citizenship, and Coexistence in the Soviet-Lithuanian HumorJournal Broom”

Sponsored by CEERES, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.


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Film: Gamlet, Scored by Shostakovich, Directed by Kozintsev, Film Studies Center, Thursday January 20

Hamlet

Scored by Shostakovich, Directed by Kozintsev

Thursday, January 20, 2011 – 7:00pm

Reserve seat(s) for this event


Rarely seen in the US, Hamlet (or Gamlet, as it was known in Russia), Shakespeare’s 17th century masterpiece about the “Melancholy Dane,” was given one of its best screen treatments by Soviet director Grigori Kozintsev and scored by his frequent collaborator and friend, composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

Kozintsev’s is a spare, haunting interpretation based on a translation by novelist Boris Pasternak. The malevolence afoot in the state of Denmark is magnificently captured by the foreboding black and white cinematography.   Shostakovich’s compositions drive the epic with fierce outbursts of percussion and high skittering woodwinds emphasizing the imagery – stone, iron, fire, earth and sea – which, for Kozintsev, expressed the essential nature of Shakespeare’s poetry.

(USSR, 1964, 140 min, DVD, in Russian with English subtitles)

Scored by Shostakovich, Directed by Kozintsev
No other major composer devoted more of his career to film music than Dmitri Shostakovich, whose collaboration with Russian director Gregori Kozintsev spanned thirty years and seven films. In conjunction with The Soviet Art Experience and the Department of Music’s concert “Shostakovich’s Late Film Scores: The Gadfly, Hamlet and King Lear,” we celebrate the work of these two great artists

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Silent Film with Organ Accompaniment: Aelita: Queen of Mars, October 29

The Soviet Arts Experience Event:

19th Annual Silent Film with Organ Accompaniment: Aelita: Queen of Mars

Jay Warren, organ
Friday, October 29, 2010, 8 pm
5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
rockefeller.uchicago.edu 773.702.7059

Based on Aleksei Tolstoy’s novel, Aelita was the world’s first feature film to use interplanetary travel as its main plot line. A brilliant engineer and a soldier travel to the Red Planet to find it inhabited by meek humanoids and ruled with an iron fist by the beautiful Aelita, who has fallen in love with the engineer after watching him across space through a telescope. A unique set design captures Soviet Constructivism at its most unhinged, although the film was banned by the Soviet government during the Cold War period.

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