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Soviet Wartime Cinema and the Shoah: Mark Donskoi's The Unvanquished (1945)

15 Dec 2009

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at 7.30pm

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£7.00, conc. £5.00, FREE for Friends of Pushkin House

Pushkin House

London, United Kingdom

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Soviet Wartime Cinema and the Shoah: Mark Donskoi's The Unvanquished (1945)

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PUSHKIN CLUB PROGRAMME Language: In English A talk by Jeremy Hicks, chaired by Robert Chandler. Although it is commonly thought that Soviet film entirely suppressed representations of the Holocaust, Mark Donskoi's The Unvanquished (Kiev studios, 1945) should in fact be regarded as the first film to show the Shoah, as it reconstructs the events of the Babii Iar massacre, on the actual site. Jeremy Hicks, who is writing a book about this deliberately forgotten chapter of Soviet film will show excerpts from Donskoi's film, examining how and why it is so little-known, as well as comparing and discussing its relevance to more recent attempts to understand the Catastrophe using film, such as Marvin Chomsky's Holocaust (1978) Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993). Jeremy lectures in Russian and film at Queen Mary University of London, is the author of Dziga Vertov: Definitong Documentary Film, and has written extensively on Russian and Soviet film history.

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