Pioner Cinema » Agony
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  • Historical drama
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  • 1974/81
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  • 152 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Elem Klimov
  • cast: Alexei Petrenko, Anatoly Romashin, Alisa Freindlikh
  • language: Russian
  • restrictions: 0+

Pioner Cinema and Kommersant Weekend present "The History of Russian Cinema in 50 Films," dedicated to the Year of Russian Film. The curator will be film critic and Weekend author Mikhail Trofimenkov.

A film about the end of Tsarism

The rise and fall of Grigory Rasputin, and the events of the last year before the Revolution. An original look at the Tsarist version of historical events – a group portrait of the Romanov dynasty, not long before the death of the empire.

“Klimov’s dissonance with the official Party line was of a proverbial and purely stylistic nature, and the film’s misfortunes were provoked by the congeniality of the director and actor to their own heroes. Whatever you may want to accuse Klimov of, it certainly wouldn’t be moderation and “good taste.” Petrenko’s “extremist” gift doesn’t meddle in any boundaries. Overall, “Agony” not even the slightest trace of the supposed “revolutionary-historical genre” remains. It would be easier to call “Agony” kitsch, but kitsch presumes a conformity to certain “good feelings,” however false, which are foreign to Klimov. It would be more accurate to call the film a madcap cartoon: too grotesque, and the characters are all drawn too critically and crudely. But the cruel irony is that in terms of the degree of general insanity, Klimov nevertheless did not manage to capture the reality of pre-revolutionary years”, – Mikhail Trofimenkov.

Admission to the screening is free with advance registration. The film will be shown from the 35mm original. The film will be presented by Nikolai Izvolov.


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