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Marina Goldovskaya Documentary Retrospective Series (III)

Screening of "The Prince is Back" and "Three Songs about Motherland," followed by discussion with filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya, UCLA, Film and Television.

Friday, January 20, 2012
7:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

"The Prince is Back" (1999, 59 minutes)
The documentary chronicles Prince Eugene Meshersky's struggle to resurrect his life while restoring the rubble of his ancestor's castle to its former glory. In a tiny village outside Moscow, we live with the Prince, his wife, and his three young children on dirt floors and open windows as he digs a well, removes vagrants from the property, replants the gardens and dreams about a brighter future. Through the eyes of his tenant, his friends and his neighbors we get a rare account of what life is like for "real" people far away from the glare of news reporters and television cameras. We meet the Prince's father, a true aristocrat from a generation long gone and we attend the Czar's belated funeral in St. Petersburg in the company of Russia's President and other visiting Dignitaries. While the columns of the Castle give testimony to its grandiose past, we realize that the ruins are a metaphor for the House of Russia, its shattered dreams, its ongoing struggle, and its unwavering commitment to a better future.
"Three Songs about Motherland" (2008, 39 minutes)
The film depicts a dramatic collision between the past, the present, and the future in contemporary Russia by focusing on three different cities in this vast land. In the far eastern City of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, a still-living symbol of Soviet industrialization in the 1930s, older Russian citizens speak about their youth, when they felt part of something bigger than themselves. Then, the cosmopolitan city of Moscow bids farewell to Anna Politkovskaya, the fearless journalist and human rights activist who was assassinated for her political activity amid the chaotic power struggles of the post-Soviet nation, fighting to her death for a young Russian democracy. Finally, residents of Khanty-Mansijsk, one of the main centers of Siberia’s budding oil industry, speak about their beloved fairy tale-like town, where the communist dream has been swept away by new aspirations for a prosperous future.

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Film and Television Archive

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