Marina Goldovskaya Documentary Retrospective Series (IV)
Screening of "The House on Arbat Street" and "Lucky to be Born in Russia" followed by discussion with filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya, UCLA, Film and Television. Moderator: Shannon Kelley, Head of Public Programs, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A51 Humanities Building
"The House on Arbat Street" (1993, 59 minutes)
The story of the people who lived in the House on Arbat Street in Moscow is the story of Russia of the 20th century. Built in the early 1900s, this grand apartment building at first was a residence of rich and privileged families. Then, after the Revolution of 1917, it was turned into a collective housing unit. People from very different backgrounds were brought in and told: "From now on you will have to cram together." People could not even choose neighbors. Through historical footage and the reminiscences of former residents, some now 99 years old, the incredible story of the House on Arbat Street comes alive.
"Lucky to be Born in Russia" (1994, 58 minutes)
This film relates the human story behind the October 1993 armed confrontation in Moscow, when the future of the Russian nation and democracy hung in the balance. Rather than chronicle political events, Goldovskaya uses her personal style of filmmaking to take the viewer deep into the "inner life" of Russian society during this extraordinary period. We visit and watch with many of her friends and acquaintances as the momentous events unfold. Unable to remain inside while violent confrontations rage, Goldovskaya boldly takes her camera into the streets to film dramatic street demonstrations and the attempted rebel seizure of the central television station where she worked for many years. The film is a story of a nation searching for a new way, a moral center, as it moves rapidly toward an unknown future.
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Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies