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Kino Club • The Diamond Arm
October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Calling The Diamond Arm (dir. Leonid Gaidai; USSR 1969) a “cult movie” doesn’t begin to define its status in the Russophone mind and heart. It is more than a movie, more than a comedy — it is a goldmine of idioms, an all-encompassing worldview, a civilizational centerpiece. “The king of Soviet comedy” Gaidai engages a dazzling constellation of Soviet A-listers to craft a cinematic phenomenon that achieves the impossible: it comes astonishingly close to redeeming the USSR as a make-belief universe of humor and kindness where the Soviet everyman lives in utopian harmony with the fatherly state.
Zoom code for introduction & virtual screening: 966 5699 5193 (link) / passcode: DiamondArm
Introduced & followed by a discussion with Dr. Stanislav Shvabrin.