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Sign-up on August 8, 2014: Dostoevsky's The Gambler and The Idiot at The Newberry

This fall at The Newberry I invite you to read and discuss The Gambler (1866), a short novel that provides a psychological portrait of addiction, and… 913 more words


HARD TO BE A GOD: The philosophy of shit

directed by Aleksei German
Village Voice: ‘Brilliant Russian Film Imagines Humanity Without a Renaissance’

I spent three hours covered in black-and-white mud and shit at HARD TO BE A GOD. 410 more words


The Gift: An Incredible Scifi World That Lacks Direction

The Gift

Okay. Here we are heading back into the foreign short film territory. This time it’s a little Russian film called The Gift.

The Gift is a science fiction about this odd mechanical sacred box that seems to be very precious to everyone. 267 more words

Short Film

Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Ivanovo Detstvo (original title)

Summary:  Ivan, a 12 year old boy, is an orphan due to World War II which continues to dehumanise the most of Europe in Ivan’s present life.   240 more words

World Cinema

Solaris (1972)

Solyaris (original title)

Summary:  A once busy space station which orbits a mysterious ocean-covered planet, named Solaris, was built to hold over 80 residents but is now only occupied by three scientists.   230 more words

World Cinema

"Offret" (1986) - Andrei Tarkovsky

Despite having completed a fairly limited number of works, Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky is one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. For Swedish master Ingmar Bergman, Tarkovsky was simply the “greatest” of all time, a man responsible for a new cinematic language aimed at portraying “life as reflection” or “life as a dream.” 61 more words