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Prisoner

May 6th, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Unlike several films we have recently viewed, I actually enjoyed this one.  Perhaps it is because I read the short story on which this is (rather obviously) based over winter term and recognized the Tolstoyian elements (and I do like Tolstoy).  Then again, the film was visually quite beautiful.  I enjoyed the mountain scenery a [...]

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Moscow Doesn’t Belive In Tears Or Feminism

April 18th, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

At first, I thought, oh, another women-being-exploited film. Then they crashed that by showing Katya being happier than her friend.  Then I thought, Ha! Finally, a woman who doesn’t need some man to be happy! Then they crashed that too when Mr. Perfect Faultless Man showed up and she melted into a [...]

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Ivan’s Childhood

April 10th, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · No Comments · Uncategorized

And now I want to talk about the most depressing film to date: Ivan’s Childhood. Not only was it a visually arresting film, but the story and dramatization was impressive as well. I found that the insertion of bright, mostly cheerful dream sequences of the past into the darker present reality really [...]

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White Sun of the Desert Blurb

April 10th, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I am appealing to you in order to convince you that White Sun of the Desert is something which would make an excellent presentation.  It is a very Russian film, and fits the infamous “Eastern” genre that we have heard about in class.  And it is silly.  There is the young but world-wise Red Army [...]

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Concerning Ivan the Terrible

March 20th, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · No Comments · Uncategorized

I agree that Ivan the terrible is about power.  However, I think it is even more about the ability of power to corrupt.  In the beginning, the boyars are corrupt in their grasping for power, while Ivan, still new to having power, is all noble and stuff.  But as the film progresses, Ivan becomes more [...]

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Circus

March 15th, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · No Comments · Uncategorized

In Circus, the show put on by the soviets was much more magnificent in scale. But, their show was modeled after the foreign show. So, we could say that we’re being shown that the Russians can take a good idea and make it bigger and better, but can’t really think of an original [...]

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Chapaev

March 3rd, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · No Comments · Uncategorized

What interested me most about Chapaev was the use of sound. Sound wasn’t just an accompaniment to the film; it was used to highlight dramatic moments and significant actions. For instance, during one of the battle sequences there was no sound at all except for dramatic music. Then the sounds of fighting [...]

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Battleship Potemkin

February 20th, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The portrayal of the heroes in Battleship Potemkin is very much in line with the political ideology espoused by the Soviet government of the time (big surprise).  I noticed several things:  the heroes (at least on the Potemkin) almost always wore white, while the villains wore black.  On the shore, this wasn’t quite the case; [...]

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