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Moscow Elegy - Alexander Sokurov

Alternative title
Moskovskaya Elegiya
Synopsis
Originally intended to mark the 50th birthday of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. However, disagreements within the Soviet Professional Union of Cinematographers about the style and content of the film forced production to be suspended and the film was only completed after Tarkovsky’s death. The film is a subjective portrait of the legendary Tarkovsky whose shadow looms large over Russian cinema, despite his exile to Western Europe at the end of his life. Sokurov, who shot the film while working at Leningrad State Documentary Productions (LSDF), focuses on Tarkovsky’s absence from the then-Soviet Union and meditates on what he left behind. Using thematically representative scenes from Tarkovsky’s films, juxtaposed against political events in the Soviet Union, Sokurov captures the great director’s struggle between personal expression and state-supported suppression. The film also includes footage from Tarkovsky’s funeral.

DVD extras include: DVD-ROM section with editor’s notes, biography and filmography.
Language
English
Country
Russian Federation
Year of release
2007
Year of production
1988
Subjects
Film Studies
Keywords
cinema - Russia; film directors; Soviet Union; political issues; Tarkovsky, Andrei (1932-1986)

Credits

Director
Alexander Sokurov

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£24.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
90 minutes
Year
2007

Production Company

Name

Leningrad State Documentary Productions

Distributor

Name

Quantum Leap

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