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Moscow Does Not Believe In Good Movies

May 17th, 2011 by Charlotte · No Comments · Uncategorized

Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears was possibly the most depressing movie that we watched in class for the simple fact that Katerina, a strong woman with a career, has to find her happiness in Gosha. What I don’t understand is why she had to get married in the first place. She had her own [...]

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The Cranes are Flying

May 17th, 2011 by Charlotte · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Cranes are Flying was another movie that I genuinely liked, but only after it had sunk in. The first time I watched it, it was not clear to me that Veronika had been raped; I thought she was just afraid to die, so she decided to go ahead and get married. I thought perhaps [...]

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Chapaev

May 17th, 2011 by Charlotte · No Comments · Uncategorized

Chapaev was my least favorite film in the class. Perhaps this was partially because I couldn’t read the subtitles at the bottom of the screen, being an atrocious white on white, but I was never able to make out exactly what happened in the film.
I brought in from the outside that Chapaev was supposed to [...]

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Circus

May 17th, 2011 by Charlotte · No Comments · Uncategorized

Another of my favorite films from the class was Circus. The first time I saw this film, I absolutely hated it. I thought that it was a lot of spectacle with little substance, and a surprise propaganda message tacked on at the very end to give viewers a message to take home. Given time, however, [...]

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Brief Encounters

May 9th, 2011 by Charlotte · No Comments · Uncategorized

Brief Encounters was probably my favorite film in the entire class (with the exception, perhaps, of Mr. West and Circus). I thought that it was shot beautifully, and that the small cast of characters really gave the film a level of intimacy that was of great credit to the film itself.
I thought that Muratova’s acting [...]

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Little Vera

May 9th, 2011 by Charlotte · No Comments · Uncategorized

The title of the film, Little Vera, at first seemed to me to be a nickname for the film’s title character. Coming into this film, I was somewhat expecting to get am exciting story about a young Russian girl whose life was full of American/Western ideas (because of the inclusion of “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll” [...]

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Prisoner of the Mountains/Caucasus: People as Other/Currency

May 6th, 2011 by Charlotte · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

One of the things that I found the most striking about this film was the way in which people were treated as currency. Perhaps the most striking moment in the film, for me, was when the father of the young girl met with the mother of the young soldier. Despite the fact that they were [...]

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Tarkovsky: Ivan’s Childhood

April 11th, 2011 by Charlotte · No Comments · Uncategorized

I have to admit, I was confused by this movie at first. I suppose one of the things that kept me from enjoying it as much as I could have was the fact that I didn’t know where dream sequences started and stopped. In retrospect, however, I guess this did add something to the film. [...]

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Burnt by the Sun (Spoilers)

April 11th, 2011 by Charlotte · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The supplementary movie I watched was interesting, about a family torn apart by the after-effects of war.

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Man with a Movie Camera

March 22nd, 2011 by Charlotte · No Comments · Uncategorized

I enjoyed watching Man with a Movie Camera. I thought that it seemed to be a much longer film than it probably was because of the lack of a storyline, but it was all very interesting. I thought that the special effects that were used in the film were innovative for the time, and did [...]

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