a public event
Soviet History through Soviet Film Series (VIII): Dersu Uzala
CEES film screening and discussion. Discussant: Margarita Nafpaktitis, UCLA, Young Research Library.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
11348 Young Research Library
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Russian with English subtitles
En route to a remote region of Siberia, a Russian surveyor and his party are joined by the wise Goldi guide Dersu Uzala, whose quiet presence hides a powerful grace and an even more powerful connection to the world around him. Abandoning the tight narrative structures, genre settings, and star-driven power of his prior films, Kurosawa turns this simple tale of physical and metaphysical exploration into a work of true awe: awe at nature and at humanity, and at the possibility of harmony between the two. Shot on location in the vast forests of Eastern Siberia, filmed in widescreen resolution to best capture the sheer magnitude and force of nature, this epic work won the 1976 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
Margarita Nafpaktitis is Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies at the Charles E. Young Research Library. Before coming to UCLA, she was a member of the faculty of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. Her scholarly interests include Russian Modernism, contemporary Polish prose, Russian/Soviet representations of America(ns) in literature and popular culture, translation and translation studies, and digital humanities. Her teaching experience includes interdisciplinary courses on Russian/Soviet/East Central European film and culture, graduate seminars on 20th and 21st-century Russian prose, and Russian and Polish language