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Tarkovsky: Films of Eternal Complexity

Russian film critic Maya Turovskaya writes in Tarkovsky: Cinema as Poetry that when she attended a special screening of Andrey Tarkovsky’s first film, Ivan’s Childhood, at a meeting of the Union of Cinematographers of the USSR, the prevailing opinion amongst the audience was that of awe mixed with confusion. This feeling of mystification, of seeing […]

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Kurmanjan Datka: American Students Review a Modern Kyrgyz Film

Chernukha: Russia’s Tough Truths Through The Filmmaker’s Lens

Music

Russian Programmatic Symphonic Works: From Glinka to Tchaikovsky

Russian composers contributed greatly to the genre of programmatic symphonic works. Although many were initially attracted to it by Spanish inspirations, one reason for the genre’s eventual massive popularity was that it gave the composers a popular musical form to incorporate not only native Russian tunes and harmonic structures, but also to focus on other […]

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Four Examples of Russian Music in American Popular Culture

The Dombyra: The Kazakh’s Musical Soul