Soviet History through Soviet Film Series (XV): Night Watch
CEES film screening and discussion. Discussant: Margarita Nafpaktitis, UCLA, Charles E. Young Research Library.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
11348 Young Research Library
Night Watch (2004)
Dir. Timur Bekmambetov
Russian with English subtitles
Set in contemporary Moscow, Night Watch uncovers the other-worldly battle that upholds a thousand-year-old truce between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness. For centuries, the undercover members of the Night Watch have policed the world’s Dark Ones—the vampires, witches, shape-shifters and sorcerers that wage treachery in the night—while the Dark Ones have a Day Watch that in turn polices the forces of Light.
Ancient prophecy foretells that one day a “Great One” will arrive who can end the apocalyptic battle between Light and Dark conclusively. That time has arrived in Moscow – but which side will the Great One choose?
Margarita Nafpaktitis is Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies at the Charles E. Young Research Library. Before coming to UCLA, she was a member of the faculty of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. Her scholarly interests include Russian Modernism, contemporary Polish prose, Russian/Soviet representations of America(ns) in literature and popular culture, translation and translation studies, and digital humanities. Her teaching experience includes interdisciplinary courses on Russian/Soviet/East Central European film and culture, graduate seminars on 20th and 21st-century Russian prose, and Russian and Polish language.
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Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Slavic Languages and Literatures