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Adapting Russian Classics to the 2020s: Dead Souls
Please join us for a meeting of the Russian Film Club with speakers Lioudmila Fedorova (Georgetown) and Ilya Gerasimov (Ab Imperio). Moderated by Daria Ezerova (Harriman Institute) and Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia University). This event is part of our Contemporary Culture Series.

Adaptations of literary classics set in the present either preserve the text in full, creating clashes with the present-day setting (Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet,1997), or adapt the plot to the modern setting as closely as possible, resulting in a loose adaptation (Clueless,1995; Ten Things I Hate About You, 1999; Sherlock, 2010-2017). Based on Nikolai Gogol’s 1842 novel, Grigorii Konstantinopol’skii mini-series Dead Souls (2020) combines the two approaches, resulting in an incisive comedy that is both burlesque and sharply critical of present-day Russian mores. At the same time, the series poses the question of how far a filmmaker can go in creating a “loose adaptation” and what ultimately defines a successful screen version of a literary classic.

This event is also available as a YouTube Live stream: https://youtu.be/QUbz4kDofNw

Mar 8, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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