Cinema in the Soviet Union was one of the most controlled mediums under the Communist regime. As a result of this, each era, marked above all by changes in the leadership, transformed the aesthetics of Soviet cinema along different visual … Continue reading From avant garde to dreamscapes: aesthetics in the Soviet Cinema 1917-1964
Native to the city of Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, Anastasia Karkotskaya has spent most of her adult life in Saint Petersburg. Originally a student of history, she is currently writing her Master’s thesis about cinema in the former … Continue reading Snapshots: Anastasia Karkotskaya
The Soviet Cinema is often associated with two names – Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky. However, there are many more masters from the Soviet cinema that academic and social discourse almost never discuss. Why do we not search more thoroughly … Continue reading Shadows of Forgotten Masters
EU-Russia relations appear to have reached an all time low. A consistent problem that only seems to increase tensions is the fact that Western media neither pay attention to, nor seek to understand Russia’s incredibly complicated identity. An identity that … Continue reading Russian Sonderweg. Is understanding Russia’s “Special Path” key to improving EU-Russia relations?
Theorists and filmgoers alike need to move on from Tarkovsky and the Dream Cinema and accept Zvyagintsev as a true master of Social Realism. While the former was a Soviet master of creating the uncreatable in what many see as the … Continue reading Two Andreis at odds