UK-based readers of this blog will be enthused to hear about a series of three seminars organized by Professor Julian Graffy and Dr Philip Cavendish at UCL SSEES under the auspices of the Russian Cinema Research Group, which holds regular seminars during termtime. In the current semester, on 5th March, Andrei Rogatchevski (Glasgow) will speak on ‘The Strugatskii Brothers’ Khromaia sud´ba and Arkadii Sirenko’s Iskushenie B’. Alistair Renfrew (Durham) will discuss the ‘Attack of the Soviet Bs: Corman, Cosmos, and the American Mainstream’ on March 12th. See here for more details of these and many other interesting SSEES seminars. (Confession: I gave the first seminar in this series, on Konstantin Lopushanskii’s apocalyptic films, on Feb 6th).
If you can’t wait until Andrei Rogatchevskii’s talk, Sirenko’s Iskushenie B (The Temptation of B) is available to watch on YouTube here. This film and a vast range of others are, additionally, available to watch in SSEES’s extensive Russian film library, by prior arrangement with university staff.