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La sonate à Kreutzer
Location
Main screening room
Date
April 28th, 2021
Duration
158 min
Cycle
Classics of Soviet cinema

In the wake of an important donation from collector François Lemai, we present films on 35 mm prints belonging to the history of Soviet cinema.

La sonate à Kreutzer
De nos collections
Directed by
Mikhail Schweitzer
Language
VOSTF
Actors
Oleg Yankovskiy, Aleksandr Trofimov, Irina Seleznyova
Origins
USSR
Year
1987
Duration
158 min
Genre
Drama
Format
35 mm
Synopsis

During a train discussion about life, love and marriage, Poznyshev reveals that he has murdered his wife. He then begins to tell another passenger his story and the circumstances that led him to kill her. In the process, he talks about the decay of his life before marriage and reveals his most personal thoughts and opinions.

La sonate à Kreutzer

Mikhail Schweitzer

Mikhail Abramovich Schweitzer (16 February 1920, Perm, RSFSR – 2 June 2000, Russia) was a Soviet film director, People's Artist of the RSFSR and People's Artist of the USSR. Mikhail Shveitser graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in the directing class of the Sergei Eisenstein art workshop. He started to work at Mosfilm Studios since 1943. Shveitser was an assistant director of*** Man No 217*** film production in 1944. Mikhail Romm was a director of that film. When Shveitser lost his job after his first movie Glorious Path which was filming in the contestation with a cosmopolitism period, he could be accepted to work at Sverdlovsk Film Studios only with Mikhail Romm's help. (Wikipedia)

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