Russian and Eurasian Studies Film Series: Women in Soviet Cinema

This semester's film series features prominent Russian actresses and woman-directors.

November 17 : Русалка (2007) / Mermaid  Comedy and tragedy collide when a young woman disappears after falling in love with a new man. (Melikyan, Color, 115 min)

Full Series

September 29 : Крылья (1966) / Wings  Maya Bulgakova as a WWII fighter pilot now living a disappointingly ordinary life as a school principal. Subtly portraying one woman’s desperation, director Larisa Shepitko announced herself as an important new voice in Soviet cinema with this landmark film. (Shepitko, B&W 85 min)

October 13 : Раба любви (1975) / Slave of Love  Elena Solovei as silent screen star Olga Voznesenskaya, whose pictures are so popular that even Bolsheviks risk capture to see them! (Mikhailkov Color, 94 min)

October 27 : Маленькая Вера (1988) / Little Vera  Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll - Soviet style! Natalya Negoda stars as Vera, a troubled teen trying to find her way out during the last days of the Soviet Union. Scandalous! (Pichul, Color, 110 min)

November 17 : Русалка (2007) / Mermaid  Comedy and tragedy collide when a young woman disappears after falling in love with a new man. (Melikyan, Color, 115 min)

December 8th : A Bitter Taste of Freedom (2011)  Documentary on investigative journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, who gave her life for her convictions. (Goldovskaya Color, 86 minutes)