Monday, 21 November 2011

Film Night, "Love and Death, Wed 23 Nov

You are cordially invited to the next film night, a joint venture between the Department and the Russian Society. The screening will take place on Wed, 23 Nov, at 7pm in Room 2043 (the Thomas Davis Theatre) in the Arts Block, and will be preceded by an introduction to the Russian (and some non-Russian) themes and references in the film by our own Alexandra Rumyantseva.


About the Movie:Woody Allen's “Love and Death” is purportedly a satire of all things Russian, from Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky novels to Sergei Eisenstein films. With genius references to Russian literature Woody Allen made a classic comedy that gives off a laugh every few moments. Allen plays Boris, a 19th century Russian who falls in love with his distant (and married) cousin Sonja (Diane Keaton). Pressed into service with the Russian army during the war against Napoleon, Boris accidentally becomes a hero, then goes on to win a duel. He returns to Sonja, hoping to settle down on the Steppes somewhere, but Sonja has become fired up with patriotic eagerness, insisting that Boris join a plot to kill Napoleon. Intellectual in-jokes abound in Love and Death.

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