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The Kinoeye archive
Sokurov

Web resources on Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov

Welcome to the Kinoeye archive. The ultimate aim of the archive is to provide a near-as-damn-it definitive index of intelligent and thoughtful English-language analysis of cinema from the new Europe on the web.

This page is devoted web and print resources on the Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov (also written as Alexander Sokurov).

Entries in bold are articles that have appeared in either Kinoeye or Central Europe Review.

We are always looking for more articles to add. Please contact us if you have any suggestions.

 


Articles in Kinoeye

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Websites

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Reviews and articles

General articles

Print articles

  • Leighton Klein, "Worlds Away: The Films of Sokurov," The Boston Globe, 9 March 2002, p F5.
  • David Sterritt, "A risk-taking director with spiritual curiosity," The Christian Science Monitor, 15 February 2002, p 15.
  • Michael Atkinson, "Elegies for heavyweights," The Village Voice, 5 February 2002, p 104.
  • Stuart Klawans, "Deepening Spiritually Over Time," The New York Times, 20 January 2002, section 2, p 29.
  • Ian Christie I (ed), "Dossier: Aleksandr Sokurov, The Russian Idea" in Film Studies, issue 1, spring 1999, pp 73-76.
  • Ian Christie, "Returning to Zero," Sight and Sound, 1998, no 4, pp 14-17
  • Nina Agisheva, "The lone voice of Alexander Sokurov," Moscow News, 2 July 1993.
  • David Sterritt, "Russian Film Director Censored in Past Gets His Due," The Christian Science Monitor, 11 February 1992, p 13.
  • "Three Soviet Film Makers Take Their Work on Tour," The New York Times, 20 October 1989, section C, p 36. Author uncredited.

 

Moskovskaia elegiia (Moscow Elegy, 1987)
  • Patrick Z McGavin, "Sokurov's 'Elegy' a tribute to Tarkovsky," Chicago Tribune, zone C, p 7.

 

Dni zatmeniia (Days of the Eclipse, 1989)

Online articles

Print articles

  • Tatiana Egerova, Soviet Film Music: An historical survey, Amsterdam, 1997, pp 281-284.
  • Frederic Jameson, "On Soviet Magic Realism" in The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System, Bloomington, 1992, pp 87-113.

 

Spasi i sokhrani (Save and Protect, 1989)

Online articles

Print articles

  • Andrew Horton and Michael Brashinsky, "Sexuality and Soviet Cinema: From Object to Subject of Desire," The Zero Hour: Glasnost and Soviet Cinema in Transition, Princeton, New Jersey, 1992, pp 121-123.
  • Vincent Canby, "Review/Film; Russian Madame Bovary: Familiar But No Imitation," The New York Times, 10 July 1992, section C, p 14.
  • David Sterritt, "'Bovary' Returns to Film," The Christian Science Monitor, 13 January 1992, p 11.

 

Krug vtoroi (The Second Circle, 1990)

Online articles

Print articles

  • Stuart Klawans, "Films of Alexander Sokurov," The Nation,24 February 1992, vol 254, no 7, p 244.
  • Caryn James, "Review/Film; Harsh Family Business in a Haunting Siberia," The New York Times, 2 January 1992, section C, p 15.

 

Kamen' (Stone, 1992)

Online articles

  • Alexandra Tuchinskaya, "Stone," The Island of Sokurov.

Print articles

  • Vincent Canby, "Review/Film Festival; Spectral Meditation on Old Russia," The New York Times, 3 October 1992, section 1, p 18.
  • Gene Seymour, "A Dark Search for Anton Chekhov," Newsday, 3 October 1992, part II, p 19.
  • M Yampolsky, "Chekhov/Sokurov: Repetition and Recollection," New Formations, no 22, 1994, p 48.

 

Tikhie stanitsy (Whispering Pages, 1993)

Online articles

Print articles

  • Michael Wilmington, "'Whispering Pages' Poetically Reinterprets Dostoyevsky" Chicago Tribune, 9 June 1995, Friday's Guide to Movies & Music, p G.
  • Derek Elley, "Whispering Pages (Tikhiye Stranitsy)," Variety, 25-31 July, 1994, p 61
  • Gavin Smith, "San Francisco Film Festival: Scarlet's street; festival organizer Peter Scarlet," Film Comment, July 1994, vol 30, no 4, p 80.
  • Nina Agisheva, "Sokurov completes film trilogy," Moscow News, 3 September 1993.

 

Dukhovne golosa (Spiritual Voices, 1995)

Online articles

Print articles

  • Richard Williams, "Frontier spirit," The Guardian, 25 April 1998, p 5.
  • Tony Pipolo, "Spiritual Voices—Alexander Sokurov locates the uncanny along the Russian/Afghan border," Film Comment, vol 38 (2002), no 1, p 27.

 

Mat' i syn (Mother and Son, 1997)

Online articles

Print articles

  • Nick Cave, "Classic cinema: I wept and wept, from start to finish," The Independent, 29 March 1998, features section, p 7.
  • Chris Darke, "Russian relations; Chris Darke finds Aleksandr Sokurov's film Mother and Son refreshingly devoid of all the usual commercial trappings," The Independent, 27 March 1998, features section, p 8.
  • Dan Glaister, "Screen: Walk on the wild side; A day out with Mum. Hardly the stuff of great movies. Or is it?" The Guardian, 20 March 1998, p 10.
  • Jae-Ha Kim, "'Mother' crawls toward grave," Chicago Sun-Times, Weekend Plus section, p 37.
  • Kenneth Turan, "'Mother And Son' Is Hypnotic, Magisterial," Los Angeles Times, 20 February 1998, Calendar section, part F, p 14.
  • Edward Guthmann, "'Mother and Son' Celebrates Intimate Family Relationships," The San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Datebook section, p C3.
  • Michael Wilmington, "'Mother And Son' Paints Grief on A Spare Canvas," Chicago Tribune, 20 February 1998, Friday section, p C.
  • Lisa Katzman, "Rising Son," The Village Voice, 17 February 1998, p 122.
  • J Hoberman, "Flesh and Blood," The Village Voice, 10 February 1998, p 59.
  • Stanley Kauffmann, "A Death, A Devolution," The New Republic, 9 February 1998, p 27.
  • Nancy Ramsey, "Outsider at Home With the Inner Life," The New York Times, 1 February 1998, section 2, p 34.
  • Lawrence Van Gelder, "Amid Anguish and Beauty, A Son and a Dying Mother," The New York Times, 27 September 1997, section B, p 12.
  • Deborah Young, "Mother and Son," Variety, 10-16 March 1997, p 83.
  • Nina Agisheva, "A Prayer for Happiness," Moscow News, 26 January 1996.

 

Uzel (The Knot, 1999)

Print articles

  • Dennis Harvey, "The Knot (Uzel)," Variety, 25-31 October 1999, p 42.

 

Molokh (Moloch, 2000)

Online articles

Print articles

  • Pavel Grinn, "Fuhrer as Fumbler in Cannes Winner," The Moscow Times, 19 November 1999.
  • Derek Elley, "Moloch," Variety, 31 May - 6 June 1999, p 30.
  • Kirill Galetski, "Sokurov Studies Hitler's Human Side," The St Petersburg Times, 21 May 1999.
  • Fiachra Gibbons, "Sympathy for the Fuhrer," The Guardian, 21 May 1999, Friday Review section, p 26.
  • Jocelyne Zablit, "Russian film at Cannes shows Hitler's human side to explain monster," Agence France Presse, 15 May 1999.

 

Telets (Taurus, 2001)

Online articles

  • Andrew James Horton, "Rich rewards in simpler forms," Kinoeye, vol 1, no 1, 3 Sept 2001.
  • Derek Malcolm, "Taurus," ScreenDaily.com, 5 June 2001.
  • Derek Malcolm, "Taurus," The Guardian, 18 May 2001.
  • William Fowler, "Taurus," kamera.co.uk.

Print articles

  • David Stratton, "Taurus (Telets)," Daily Variety, 18 May 2001, p 18.
  • Burhan Wazir, "India's Left rails against 'perverse' movie on Lenin," The Observer, 18 November 2001, p 25.
  • Left Up In Arms Against Taurus, The Times of India, 15 November 2001.
  • Amelia Gentleman, "The last days of Lenin: A decade after the fall of the Soviet Union a new film is at last telling the truth about its founder's death," The Guardian, 5 April 2001, p 11.
  • Tatyana Moskvina, "No Death For The Wretch," Moscow News, 28 March 2001.

 

Elegiia dorogi (Elegy of a Voyage, 2001)

Online articles

 

Russkii kovcheg (Russian Ark, 2002)

Online articles

Print articles

  • Mark Cousins, "Widescreen," Prospect, 27 June 2002
  • Deborah Young, "Russian Ark (Russki Kovcheg)," Daily Variety, 22 May 2002, p 17.
  • Joan Dupont, "A Russian director films the flow of time," International Herald Tribune, 25 May 2002, p 8.
  • Marina Koreneva, "Three centuries in one take as Cannes favourite launches 'Russian Ark'," Agence France Presse, 2 May 2002.
  • Ilmira Stepanova, "Shooting On Location In Hermitage," Moscow News, 16 May 2001.

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Interviews and writings

Aleksandr Sokurov

Online articles

Print articles

  • Paul Schrader, "'The history of an artist's soul is a very sad history'," Film Comment, 21 November 1997, vol 33, no 6, p 20.
  • Lauren Sedofsky, "Plane Songs," Artforum International, vol 40 (2001), no 3, p 124.
  • K Galetski, "The Foundations of Film Art: An Interview with Alexander Sokurov," Cinéaste, vol 26 (2001), part 3, pp 4-9.
  • Aleksandr Sokurov, "Death the Banal Leveller (on Tarkovsky)," Film Studies, issue 1, spring 1999, pp 64-69.
  • Edwin Carels, "The Solitary Voice," Film Studies, issue 1, spring 1999, pp 73-76.

 

Leonid Mozgovoi, perennial Sokurov actor

Print articles

  • Galina Stolyarova, "The Man Behind the Actor Behind the Dying Dictator," The Moscow Times, 22 March 2002.

 

Vladimir Persov, artistic director of Dukhovne golosa

Online articles

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