[PAST EVENT] The Great War and Russian Cinematic Remembrance
March 20, 2015
3:30pm - 5pm
The centenary of the Great War has prompted a host of commemorations, new memorials, art installations, and other forms of remembrance throughout Europe. In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin dedicated a new memorial in August 2014 to the Great War and declared at its opening that it was helping to "restore the historical truth about World War I ... and the patriotism of Russian officers." This lecture will examine the ways that recent Russian films, in particular the 2008 blockbuster movie Admiral and the 2014 television docudrama The First World War, have contributed to this ongoing revision of the Great war's significance in Russian memory. As we will see, the collapse of communism has led to a rethinking of the Great War and to the way patriotism should be understood in contemporary Russia and recent Russian films have played important roles in these revisions.
[[evprok, Professor Elena Prokhorova]]