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Soviet History through Soviet Film Series (VI): The Fate of a Man

CEES film screening and discussion. Discussant: Michael Heim, UCLA, Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
6:30 PM
11630F Young Research Library

The Fate of a Man (1959)
Dir. Sergei Bondarchuk
Russian with English subtitles
103 minutes
Sergei Bondarchuk stars as a war-weary Soviet soldier at the close of the Second World War, who, having survived a Nazi concentration camp, clinging to the hope that he will be reunited with his family, learns at war’s end that his wife and children have been killed. The scene in which he adopts a forlorn, orphaned boy – telling him that he is his long-sought father – is one of the loveliest moments in postwar cinema.
This melancholy hymn to the human spirit, based on the novel by Mikhail Sholokhov, became an international hit and began a great humanist tradition in Soviet cinema.
Michael Heim is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He translates contemporary and classical fiction and drama from the Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Russian, and Serbian/Croatian. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and translation prizes and has served on translation juries for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PEN American Center, and the Goethe-Institut and was a Guggenheim Fellow. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His teaching interests include translation theory and practice, Central European Literature, and Russian literature and culture.

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Slavic Languages and Literatures

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