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Soviet History through Soviet Film Series (IX): Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

CEES film screening and discussion. Discussant: Gail Kligman, UCLA, Sociology.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
6:30 PM
11348 Young Research Library

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1979)
Dir. Vladimir Menshov
Russian with English subtitles
142 minutes
An Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980, this absorbing drama from director Vladimir Menshov centers on three women struggling to establish themselves in Russia's massive, impersonal capital city. Lyudmila, Katya and Antonina are bound by friendship and a shared dream that they will find happiness. The film traces their pursuit of professional and domestic bliss in 1958, then jumps ahead twenty years to illustrate how many of their dreams come true.
Gail Kligman is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center for European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has focused on politics, culture, and gender in Central East Europe, both during the communist period and since its demise, and includes extensive field research in Romania. She is the co-author with Katherine Verdery of Peasants under Siege: Collectivization in Romania, 1949-1962 (Princeton UP, 2011) and with Susan Gal of The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay (Princeton UP, 2000), which won the 2001 Heldt Prize of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. She is the author of The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu's Romania (UC Press, 1998), which also won the Heldt Prize, and of The Wedding of the Dead: Ritual, Poetics and Popular Culture in Transylvania (UC Press, 1988).

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

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