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May 25, 2022

Episode 574: Brief Encounters (1967) and The Long Farewell (1971)

Episode 574: Brief Encounters (1967) and The Long Farewell (1971) Special Guest: Jane Taubman
Guest Co-Hosts: Gianna D'Emilio, Alistair Pitts

We conclude our month of discussions about Soviet Cinema with a double feature from Kira Muratova, Brief Encounters (1967) and The Long Farewell (1971). Brief Encounters got a very limited release while The Long Farewell was shelved before release. Both films finally got their day in the sun as the Cold War began to thaw.

In Brief Encounters, two women are in love with the same man. The film has a real New Wave feel to it with a fractured timeline and rough production. In The Long Farewell we see a mother, Yevgeniya, become more and more estranged from her son after he spends a summer with his father.

Jane Taubman joins us to discuss Muratova's work while Gianna D'Emilio and Alistair Pitts provide insight on these challenging films.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey there, Mike. This was a great episode and a wonderful overall monthly discussion of the 1960s (counterculture) Soviet cinema. I had zero interest in the subject but gave it a shot anyway because I am interested in politics, and your two co-hosts, especially Gianna, were so engaging and thoughtful with their in-depth analysis and discussions that I stayed on for the whole month, really enjoyed it, and I learned a lot to boot. So I appreciate both your pick of films and guests for this project Mike. :)
    Thanks for this fun lesson and have a great year guys!