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Slavic/REEES Film Series: Принц и Нищий [The Prince and the Pauper]

Thursday, November 8, 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
144 Louis A. Simpson Building
Thursday, November 8, 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Like Mark Twain’s famous 1881 novel, the Soviet film adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper begins with a poor boy named Tom Canty (Viktor Smirnov), who accidentally meets Prince Edward of Wales. Recognizing their close resemblance, the boys agree to change places to discover how the other lives. However, when the King unexpectedly dies, and Edward cannot easily return to the castle, the boys find themselves in a difficult situation.

**No English subtitles available for this film

Director: Vadim Gauzner

Slavic/REEES Film Series
Fall 2018
Found in Translation? Anglo-American Literature Through the Soviet Lens

Beneath its formal opposition to the capitalist West, the Soviet Union exhibited a surprisingly complex attitude toward Anglo-American literature and culture that mixed condemnation with admiration and curiosity. The film industry testifies to this; indeed, American – and especially British – literature was remarkably well represented on the Soviet screen. The films selected for the series showcase the variety of genres and topics that inspired Soviet filmmakers and provide an insight into how the Western “Other” was appropriated and reimagined. Many of these films quickly became beloved Soviet classics and took on a life of their own.

Sponsored by
Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies