Russian Film: What Was and What Is
For the West, especially for the so-called Boomer Generation, the Sixties have by now acquired a near-mythological status, both in politics and the arts. In the movies, above all, we had the French New Wave that changed the face of film. While acknowledging the revolutionary impact of Godard, Truffaut, and others, one should not lose sight of the Bigger Picture. Case in question: Soviet Film of the '60s, where in aesthetic terms the departure from the past was at least as radical as any leap from Autant-Lara to Godard. As for politics, even more so; alas, it has been Russia's curse (some would say blessing): good luck to anyone who would try to divorce Russian art from politics.
Go to the review