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The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

This book thus offers new keys to understand the lasting and ever-renewed appeal of the Russian director's Janus-like and surprisingly dynamic cinema – a deeply original and complex body of work in dialogue with the past, the present and ...

Author : Jeremi Szaniawski

Release : 2014-02-04

Publisher : Columbia University Press

ISBN : 0231850522

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One of the last representatives of a brand of serious, high-art cinema, Alexander Sokurov has produced a massive oeuvre exploring issues such as history, power, memory, kinship, death, the human soul, and the responsibility of the artist. Through contextualization and close readings of each of his feature fiction films (broaching many of his documentaries in the process), this volume unearths a vision of Sokurov's films as equally mournful and passionate, intellectual, and sensual, and also identifies in them a powerful, if discursively repressed, queer sensitivity, alongside a pattern of tensions and paradoxes. This book thus offers new keys to understand the lasting and ever-renewed appeal of the Russian director's Janus-like and surprisingly dynamic cinema – a deeply original and complex body of work in dialogue with the past, the present and the future.

The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

Studies the work of Russian motion picture director Aleksandr Sokurov, covering his documentaries, early films and literary adaptations, his trilogy on leaders, and "Russian Ark."

Author : Birgit Beumers

Release : 2011-11-15

Publisher : I.B.Tauris

ISBN : 1848853432

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Studies the work of Russian motion picture director Aleksandr Sokurov, covering his documentaries, early films and literary adaptations, his trilogy on leaders, and "Russian Ark."

Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

The book also provides samples of the major Russian-language studies of Sokurov’s films to provide the reader with an insight into Russian approaches to Sokurov.

Author : Birgit Beumers

Release : 2011-09-30

Publisher : I.B.Tauris

ISBN : 0857720732

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Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark is generally acclaimed as a milestone in cinematography. In this film Sokurov reversed the idea of montage, creating instead the sensation of an uninterrupted flow of time encompassing three centuries of Russia's cultural history through a single, 90-minute take. Yet this film is but one milestone in the work of this versatile director. Since the 1990s, Sokurov's films have had international recognition at film festivals and through foreign distribution. In this, the first English-language book to cover Sokurov's full oeuvre, leading scholars on Sokurov unravel his work on documentaries; his early films and literary adaptations; his trilogy on leaders focussing on the decaying body; his films on passing youth and approaching age; and, of course, Russian Ark. The book also provides samples of the major Russian-language studies of Sokurov’s films to provide the reader with an insight into Russian approaches to Sokurov.

Russian Ark

Birgit Beumers goes on from there to discuss the work that went into the now-legendary Steadicam shot--which required two thousand actors and three orchestras--and she also offers an account of the film's critical and public reception, ...

Author : Birgit Beumers

Release : 2016

Publisher : Intellect (UK)

ISBN : 9781783207039

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Russian director Alexander Sokurov s feature film Russian Ark is of great significance to Russian and world cinema and Russian culture at the turn of the millennium. Little substantial work is available on Sokurov s films, despite since the death of Alexei German his current status as Russia s greatest living film director. This volume provides a comprehensive synopsis, production history and in-depth analysis of his best-known film. After establishing a common text through an exploration of Russian Ark s plot, the film is here framed in its historical, cultural and biographical context before a discussion of the unique production process. Detailing how Sokurov directed 2,000 actors and three orchestras inside the Russian StateHermitage Museum, the reader will discover exactly how the film s single 96-minuteSony SteadicamHDW F900 sequence was shot. The following analysis considers how Sokurov s use of characters, time and themes intersect with how he manipulates assumptions about reality and Western culture. How popular and critical audiences received the film both domestically and internationally is also explored, before a conclusion that looks ahead to Sokurov s subsequent work, and elaborating an assessment of the director s place in Russian film history, as well as his contribution to world cinema. "

Aleksandr Sokurov: Russian Ark

Birgit Beumers goes on from there to discuss the work that went into the now-legendary Steadicam shot – which required two thousand actors and three orchestras – and she also offers an account of the film’s critical and public ...

Author : Birgit Beumers

Release : 2016-11-10

Publisher : Intellect Books

ISBN : 1783207051

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Russian Ark (2002) drew astonished praise for its technique: shot with a Steadicam in one ninety-six minute take, following the Marquis de Custine as he wandered through the vast Winter Palace – and through three hundred year of Russian history. Providing a comprehensive synopsis, in-depth analysis and an account of the production history, Beumers offers an insight into the now-legendary work of Aleksandr Sokurov.

Directory of World Cinema: Russia

From Sergei Eisenstein's anti-tsarist drama, Battleship Potemkin, to socialist realism, to the post-glasnost thematic explosion, this volume explores the socio-political impact of the cinema of Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Author : Birgit Beumers

Release : 2010

Publisher : Intellect Books

ISBN : 184150372X

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Be they musicals or melodramas, war movies or animation, Russian films have a long and fascinating history of addressing the major social and political events of their time. From Sergei Eisenstein's anti-tsarist drama, Battleship Potemkin, to socialist realism, to the post-glasnost thematic explosion, this volume explores the socio-political impact of the cinema of Russia and the former Soviet Union. Introductory essays establish key players and situate important genres within their cultural and industrial milieus, while reviews and case studies analyze individual titles in considerable depth. --

Contemporary Russian Cinema

—(2008), A History of Russian Cinema, Oxford: Berg. —(ed.) (2011), Directory of
World Cinema: Russia, Bristol: Intellect. Beumers, Birgit and Condee, Nancy (eds
) (2011), The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov, London/New York: I. B. Tauris.

Author : Vlad Strukov

Release : 2016-04-12

Publisher : Edinburgh University Press

ISBN : 147440765X

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Analysing films by established directors such as Sokurov and Zel'dovich, as well as lesser-known filmmakers like Balabanov and Kalatozishvili, this book explores the particular style of film presentation that has emerged in Russia since 2000, characterised by its use of highly abstract concepts and visual language.

After Kubrick

Taking at its starting point the idea that Kubrick's cinema has constituted an intellectual, cerebral, and philosophical maze in which many filmmakers (as well as thinkers and a substantial fringe of the general public) have gotten lost at ...

Author : Jeremi Szaniawski

Release : 2020-02-20

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN : 1501347667

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Taking at its starting point the idea that Kubrick's cinema has constituted an intellectual, cerebral, and philosophical maze in which many filmmakers (as well as thinkers and a substantial fringe of the general public) have gotten lost at one point or another, this collection looks at the legacy of Kubrick's films in the 21st century. The main avenues investigated are as follows: a look at Kubrick's influence on his most illustrious followers (Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, and Lars von Trier, to name a few); Kubrick in critical reception; Kubrick in stylistic (camera movements, set designs, music), thematic (artificial intelligence, new frontiers- large and small), aesthetic (the question of genre, pastiche, stereoscopy) and political terms (paranoia, democracy and secret societies, conspiracy theories). The contributions coalesce around the concept of a Kubrickian substrate, rich and complex, which permeates our Western cultural landscape very much to this day, informing and sometimes announcing/reflecting it in twisted ways, 21 years after the director's death.

Soviet Film

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A Companion to Russian Cinema

The most up-to-date and thorough coverage of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, which also effectively fills gaps in the existing scholarship in the field This is the first volume on Russian cinema to explore specifically the history ...

Author : Birgit Beumers

Release : 2016-05-17

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

ISBN : 1118424735

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A Companion to Russian Cinema provides an exhaustive and carefully organised guide to the cinema of pre-Revolutionary Russia, of the Soviet era, as well as post-Soviet Russian cinema, edited by one of the most established and knowledgeable scholars in Russian cinema studies. The most up-to-date and thorough coverage of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, which also effectively fills gaps in the existing scholarship in the field This is the first volume on Russian cinema to explore specifically the history of movie theatres, studios, and educational institutions The editor is one of the most established and knowledgeable scholars in Russian cinema studies, and contributions come from leading experts in the field of Russian Studies, Film Studies and Visual Culture Chapters consider the arts of scriptwriting, sound, production design, costumes and cinematography Provides five portraits of key figures in Soviet and Russia film history, whose works have been somewhat neglected

The Cinema of James Cameron

... titles in the Directors' Cuts series: the cinema of ISTVÁN SZABÓ:visions of
europe JOHN CUNNINGHAM the cinema of AGNÈS VARDA:resistance and
eclecticism DELPHINE BÉNÉZET the cinema of ALEXANDER SOKUROV:figures
of ...

Author : James Clarke

Release : 2014-09-16

Publisher : Columbia University Press

ISBN : 023185062X

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This timely volume explores the massively popular cinema of writer-director James Cameron. It couches Cameron's films within the evolving generic traditions of science fiction, melodrama, and the cinema of spectacle. The book also considers Cameron's engagement with the aesthetic of visual effects and the 'now' technology of performance-capture which is arguably moving a certain kind of event-movie cinema from photography to something more akin to painting. This book is explicit in presenting Cameron as an authentic auteur, and each chapter is dedicated to a single film in his body of work, from The Terminator to Avatar. Space is also given to discussion of Strange Days as well as his short films and documentary works.

The Global Auteur

Bringing established as well as emergent figures of world art cinema to the fore, The Global Auteur shows how politics and philosophy are present in the works of these important filmmakers.

Author : Seung-hoon Jeong

Release : 2016-06-16

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN : 1501312650

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Once heralded and defined by the likes of François Truffaut and Andrew Sarris as a romantic figure of aesthetic individualism, the auteur is reinvestigated here through a novel approach. Bringing established as well as emergent figures of world art cinema to the fore, The Global Auteur shows how politics and philosophy are present in the works of these important filmmakers. They can be still seen leading a fight that their glorious predecessors seemed to have abandoned in the face of global capitalism and the market economy. Yet, as the contributors show, a new world calls for a new cinema, and thus for new auteurs. Covering a range of global auteurs such as Lars von Trier, Lav Diaz, Lee Chang-dong and Abderrahmane Sissako, The Global Auteur provides a much-needed reassessment of the film auteur for the global age.

Soviet Film Music

32 The innovative experiments of Alexander Sokurov and Andrei Chernykh:
creating a multilayered polyphonic sound score and a 'musical' film without music
Its last five years were one of the most difficult periods for Soviet film music.
Against ...

Author : Tatiana Egorova

Release : 2014-07-10

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1134377258

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Vision and Communism

On Aleksandr Medvedkin's early films, see Emma Widdis, Alexander Medvedkin (
London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2005). On Chris Marker, see Nora M. ... On
Sokurov, see The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov, ed. Birgit Beumers and Nancy ...

Author : Robert Bird

Release : 2011-10-18

Publisher : The New Press

ISBN : 1595588175

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In the last thirty years of the Soviet Communist project, Viktor Koretsky’s art struggled to solve an enduring riddle: how to ensure or restore Communism’s moral health through the production of a distinctively Communist vision. In this sense Koretsky’s art demonstrates what an “avant-garde late Communist art” would have looked like if we had ever seen it mature. Most striking of all, Koretsky was pioneering the visual languages of Benetton and MTV at a time when the iconography of interracial togetherness was still only a vague rumor on Madison Avenue. Vision and Communism presents a series of interconnected essays devoted to Viktor Koretsky’s art and the social worlds that it hoped to transform. Produced collectively by its five editors, this writing also considers the visual art, film, and music included in the exhibition Vision and Communism, opening at the Smart Museum of Art in September 2011.

On Women's Films

The collection is also tuned to the continued provocation of feminist cinema landmarks such as Chick Strand's Soft Fiction; Barbara Loden's Wanda; Valie Export's Invisible Adversaries, Cecilia Mangini's Essere donne.

Author : Ivone Margulies

Release : 2019-07-25

Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN : 9781501332456

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This edited collection covers a wide array of texts by leading scholars in the field about female filmmakers- trailblazers of second wave feminism such as Agnès Varda, Barbara Loden, Cecilia Mangini, Chantal Akerman, as well as contemporary figures from all around the world. The collection ascertains the continuing value of female auteur perspectives on gender, feminine poetics, forms of embodiment such as endurance, labor and sexuality as well as on new geopolitical, national and transnational formations and history. Analyses of alternate expressions of moving image and genre hybrids broadens the purview on female auteurship and engagement.

Iconic Turns

Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema since 1989 Liliya Berezhnaya,
Christian Schmitt ... (In The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov, 2011); “'Leningrads
Heldentat': Die filmische Verarbeitung der Blockade” (“'The Feat of Len- ingrad:' ...

Author : Liliya Berezhnaya

Release : 2013-05-23

Publisher : BRILL

ISBN : 9004250816

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This book contains analyses of the relations between religious and national themes in post-1989 East European cinema. It combines theoretical articles with case studies, bringing together researchers from different national backgrounds and disciplines, like history, literary and film studies.

Slow Movies

Alexander Sokurov2 The films of Jim Jarmusch and Alexander Sokurov, two
fiercely independent filmmakers born two years apart in the early 1950s, differ in
various ways. Jarmusch's work tends to be more humorous, playful and ironic.
Also ...

Author : Ira Jaffe

Release : 2014-05-14

Publisher : Columbia University Press

ISBN : 0231169787

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"In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility," Agnes Varda has noted. But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as much as motion. Slow Movies investigates movies by acclaimed international directors who in the past three decades have challenged mainstream cinema's reliance on motion and action. More than other realist art cinema, slow movies by Lisandro Alonso, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pedro Costa, Jia Zhang-ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Cristian Mungiu, Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr, Gus Van Sant and others radically adhere to space-times in which emotion is repressed along with motion; editing and dialogue yield to stasis and contemplation; action surrenders to emptiness if not death.

The Imperial Trace

She turns to the instance of contemporary cinema to focus this line of inquiry. This book centres on the work of Russia's internationally ranked auteurs of the late Soviet and post-Soviet period.

Author : Nancy Condee

Release : 2009-04-08

Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN : 019536676X

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In this study Condee argues that we cannot make sense of contemporary Russian culture without accounting for its imperial legacy. She turns to the instance of contemporary cinema to focus this line of inquiry. This book centres on the work of Russia's internationally ranked auteurs of the late Soviet and post-Soviet period

Re-entering the Sign

The Second Circle may well be Alexander Sokurov's best feature film. It
completes a long period of this Leningrad film maker's activity, and hopefully it
inaugurates a new stage of his work. The film is entirely devoted to the
problematic of death, ...

Author : Ellen E. Berry

Release : 1995

Publisher : University of Michigan Press

ISBN : 9780472082773

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Russian artists and critics attest to the cultural changes emerging since the fall of the Soviet Union

Nikita Mikhalkov

Adored by Russian audiences for his commercially-oriented films, and loathed by the Russian intelligentsia for the same, Nikita Mikhalkov is one of the most successful, ambitious and controversial film directors in the history of Soviet and ...

Author : Birgit Beumers

Release : 2004-11-26

Publisher : I.B.Tauris

ISBN : 0857715208

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Adored by Russian audiences for his commercially-oriented films, and loathed by the Russian intelligentsia for the same, Nikita Mikhalkov is one of the most successful, ambitious and controversial film directors in the history of Soviet and Russian cinema. Revealing and discussing the key themes explored in his work, Birgit Beumers follows his career from his 1974 debut At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger at Home; through to the French co-productions: the award-winning Urga and the internationally renowned Oscar-winning Burnt by the Sun, 1994.