Fairfield University Hosts Russian Film Series

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Fairfield University is hosting a new Russian Film Series for the spring semester. Photo Credit: File Photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield University is hosting a new Russian Film Series for the spring semester. 

The series, organized through Fairfield University’s Russian and East European Studies Program, kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, with the film “Russian Ark” (2002). The film, from director Alexander Sokurov, portrays the history and culture of imperial Russia told in one fluid camera shot in St. Petersburg’s majestic Hermitage. 

The series continues on Feb. 25 with “Poor, Poor Pavel” (2003) in the Library Multimedia Room. In this period drama, director Vitali Melhikov’s tells the tale of the short, yet intriguing reign of Emperor Paul (Pavel) I, son of Catherine the Great. Seen as incompetent and unstable, he becomes the subject of many a plot against him, even by his own sons.

The next showing is set for March 11 with director Aleksandr Zarkhi’s original “Anna Karenina” (1967). Tatiana Samoilova tackles the title role in this sweeping film based on the timeless classic by Leo Tolstoy.

The last film in the series is “October” (1928). Directors Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov’s searing and groundbreaking classic about the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The film will be screened in Room 200 of the Barone Campus Center.

Each film will be introduced by a faculty member of the Russian and East European Studies Program. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact David McFadden, professor of history, or Elena Syssoeva, adjunct professor of Russian, at 203-254-4000, ext. 2871.

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