UCLA Film & Television Archive and the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies present

Marina Goldovskaya: Documentary Film Retrospective

Marina Goldovskaya
January 20, 2012 - 7:30 pm
In-person: 
Marina Goldovskaya.

Over an illustrious career spanning nearly five decades, UCLA Professor Marina Goldovskaya has become the leading documentary chronicler of the wrenching changes that have gripped the Soviet Union and modern-day Russia beginning in the late 20th century. Goldovskaya’s adventuresome, continuing project to interpret these political and social upheavals has provided a wealth of images to Western audiences hungry for an understanding of Russia’s dramatic, still unfolding story. The Archive is pleased to partner with UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies in presenting a retrospective of key works from Goldovskaya’s filmography, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, and to welcome the filmmaker to these special evenings.

The Prince is Back (1999)

Directed by Marina Goldovskaya

The documentary chronicles Prince Eugene Meshersky's struggle to restore the rubble of his ancestor's castle outside of Moscow to its former glory. The film offers a rare account of what life is like for "real" Russian people far away from the glare of news reporters and television cameras, as the columns of the Castle act as a metaphor for the House of Russia, its shattered dreams, ongoing struggle, and commitment to a better future.

Cinematographer/Editor: Marina Goldovskaya.

Digital video, color, in Russian with English subtitles, 59 min.

Three Songs about Motherland (2008)

Directed by Marina Goldovskaya

Contemporary Russia's past, present and future are encountered in three different cities of this vast land. From Komsomolsk-on-Amur, a symbol of 1930s Soviet industrialization, to cosmopolitan Moscow to Khanty-Mansijsk, one of the main centers of Siberia's budding oil industry, Russian citizens share their contrasting views of having been part of a glorious past, and of looking forward with aspirations of a prosperous future.

Digital video, color, in Russian w/ English subtitles, 39 min.