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The Village Detective: a song cycle ()


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A Soviet film from 1969 is found in an Icelandic fisherman's net, and the filmography of its leading actor offers a portal into a history that has endured on celluloid.

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Bill Morrison

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Bill Morrison ... ()

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Madeleine Molyneaux ... producer
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Maria Vinogradova ... producer

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David Lang

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Bill Morrison

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Bill Morrison ... sound editor
John Somers ... sound designer

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In July 2016, four reels of "Derevensky Detektiv", a 1969 Russian film starring the Soviet-era character actor Mikhail Zharov (1899-1981), were found in a fisherman's net trawling the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, 20 miles off the Icelandic coast. The recovered footage is combined with original music by David Lang, and interwoven with interviews and clips from Zharov's lengthy filmography to form a song cycle, reflecting how life, history, and art intersect and endure on celluloid. Written by the Director

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  • Wiejski detektyw: cykl pieśni (Poland)
  • Þorpsspæjarinn: Ljóðaflokkur (Iceland)
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  • 81 min
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