An impressionistic look at the life of Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova, 1889-1966. It begins and ends with footage from her funeral, and includes readings from her diaries and of her poems. ... See full summary »

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An impressionistic look at the life of Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova, 1889-1966. It begins and ends with footage from her funeral, and includes readings from her diaries and of her poems. Also included are passages of official Soviet criticism. She was born near Odessa, married and published her first volume of poetry in 1912, was a friend of Blok, Mandelshtam, Pasternak, and Solzhenitsyn, and recounts an extraordinary day with Marina Tsvetaeva about a month before Tsvetaeva's death. Her husband Nikolai Gumilyov was shot in 1921, the same month Blok died. Her only son, Lev, was imprisoned in the Stalin era. Recognition came after many sorrows, too late to be sweet. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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4 May 1990 (Netherlands)  »

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This version in an attempt to showcase Akhmatova's life in some inponderable way. There are narratives from people, jumps in the time frame and the shot of a frozen bird on the river Volga, all emphazing the poet's life. This becomes weary and boring about half way when the overabundance of images from Stalinist era prosecutions and poetic drivel is too much to handle. The strange character of the Russians is quite evident.


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