New Film Series: KinoSputnik
Available to Pre Order Now!

Intellect is delighted to announce our latest film series KinoSputnik, titles within this series include: Aleksandr Askoldov The CommisarAleksandr Sokurov Russian ArkSergei Paradjanov Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors


Filmed in 1966 and ’67, but kept from release for twenty years, The Commissar is unquestionably one of the most important and compelling films of the Soviet era. Based on a short story by Vasily Grossman, it tells of a female Red Army commissar who is forced to stay with a Jewish family near the front lines of a battle between the Red and White Armies as she waits to give birth. The film drew the ire of censors for its frank portrayal of the violence faced by Russian Jews in the wake of the revolution. This book is the first companion to the film in any language, recounting the film’s plot and turbulent production history as well as offering close analysis of the artistic vision of its director, Aleksandr Askoldov.


Russian Ark (2002) drew astonished praise for its technique: shot with a Steadicam in on ninety-six minute take, following the Marquis de Custine as he wandered through the vast Winter Palace – and through three hundred years of Russian history. Providing a comprehensive synopsis, in-depth analysis and an account of the production history, Beumers offers an insight into the now legendary work of Alexsandr Sokurov.


Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) is a landmark of Soviet-era cinema because of its emphasis on folklore and mysticism in Carpathian Hutsul culture, which broke with Soviet-realism. This book, as the first full-length companion to the film, offers readers a close analysis of the film’s symbolism, a plot synopsis, and a history of the legendary production process. It closes with an account of the film’s reception by critics, audiences and Soviet officials, and the controversies, which have kept it a subject of heated debate for decades. 

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