Category Archives: Russia (uncategorized)

How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin

I happened to catch a documentary on public television the other night called How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin.  Released in 2009, and directed by Leslie Woodhead, it has a provocative thesis: All that money and effort that the United … Continue reading

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Le Fanu’s review of Bird’s book on Tarkovsky

One of the journal articles I retrieved at the library yesterday is a review of Robert Bird’s book Andrei Tarkovsky: Elements of Cinema.  The review is by Mark Le Fanu and it’s in the current issue of Cinema Journal (vol. … Continue reading

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My comments about Andrei Rublev, the film (first cut)

I regard Andrei Rublev as the “film of films.”  I’ve seen, and own copies of, all seven of Tarkovsky’s feature-length films.  Of course, all seven are strikingly original and memorable, but I think that in Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky has created … Continue reading

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How Andrei Rublev, the film, came to be (part 2)

[… continued from a previous post …] Andrei Tarkovsky completed Andrei Rublev, or at least thought that he had, in August 1966.  This (first) version of the film was actually titled The Passion According to Andrei and it is 205 … Continue reading

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How Andrei Rublev, the film, came to be

[In this post I rely heavily on the book by Robert Bird that I mentioned at the end of my last post, as well as on another excellent book by Bird, titled Andrei Tarkovsky : Elements of Cinema.] Given that … Continue reading

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Andrei Rublev, monk-painter-theologian

The monk Andrei Rublev (c. 1360 – 1430) was a medieval Russian who painted Orthodox icons and frescoes.  Little is known about his life, and only one work is known with certainty to be his alone – the icon of … Continue reading

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The exile, and return, of Russian philosophy to Russia

Let’s perform a thought experiment.  Let’s imagine that what happened to Russian philosophy after 1917 had also happened to Russian literature.  This is Stanislav Dzhimbinov’s idea in his article, “The Return of Russian Philosophy,” in the aforementioned book, Russian Thought … Continue reading

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