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Great Russian literature on the silver screen

By Susitha R. Fernando

Bringing world renowned Russian literature to the limelight, a series of rare films made based on the Russian novels will be screened at the Russian Centre every Wednesday at 6 pm.

This would be a rare opportunity for moviegoers as it would be a lifetime opportunity to see cinematic versions of the inspirational great stories of the world renowned.

The film screening will show films made based on the masterpieces of Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, Alexander Ostrovsky, Ivan Turgenev, Anton Chekov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Mikhail Bulgakov and Mikhail Sholokhov at the Russian Centre, cinema hall free of charge.

Films like ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Cruel Romance’, Lady with the little dog’, ‘Crime and Punishment’, Gypsies are found near heaven’, ‘The Flight’ and ‘War and Peace’ are some of the famouse stories that were lined up for screening from January to April.

‘The aim in organizing this film screening is to enable the film lovers to enjoy these masterpieces specially the younger generation who had not seen them,’ said Ms. Chandi Aluvihare, the Cultural Officer of the Russian Centre.

‘Most of these are rare and classics that would not be available anywhere else and these screenings are done with latest good copies,’ she said.

Gorky’s early tale on screen

Based on the early stories by the outstanding Soviet writer Maxim Gorky, ‘Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven’ a film revolving around the action in the Gypsy camp will be screened on January 21 at 6 pm.
There are several interwoven love lines in this beautiful, poetic drama: of the proud beauty Rada who bewitched the horse thief Loiko Zobar, of golden-haired Yulishka who was in love with Loiko, of noble Siladi, passionately enamoured of Rada.

Produced in 1976, the film is set against the background of lifestyle and traditions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s provincial outskirts – the late 19th-century Bessarabia

The film won several international awards including Big Golden Shell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 1976 and Prize for Visual Images at the 11th Congress of UNITEC in Paris in1977.

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