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Russian Film Director Sergey Bondarchuk Remembered

Saturday, 01 October 2011 07:57

    Speakers at a function held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on September 28, 2011, paid glowing tributes to the outstanding Soviet Film Director Sergey Bondarchuk and lauded the significant contributions made by him to world cinema. The function, a Discussion on Modern Cinema and Film Screening, dedicated to the 91st Birth Anniversary of Sergey Bondarchuk, was jointly organised with the Citizens’ Film Forum and the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs.

Ms. Vijaya Mulay, noted film-maker, film historian, writer, educationist and researcher, and a winner of several national awards such as Vikram Sarabhai Award (1999) for Educational Communication, V. Shantaram Award for Life-Time Achievement for Documentary Films (2002), National Award for the Best Book on Cinema “From Rajas and Yogis to Gandhi and Beyond: India in International Cinema” (2011), etc., was the Chief Guest. Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, Mr. Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, and Mr. U. Radhakrishnan, Consultant, International Film Festivals, Director, Habitat Film Festival, spoke on different aspects of cinema on the occasion.

Ms. Vijay Mulay, a senior living legend of Indian cinema and with a treasure of experience and knowledge on world cinema, was all prise for the indelible impression left by Segey Bondarchuk in the sphere of film-making worth emulating for the young film-makers. She provided some useful tips for those involved in the film-society movement, based on her pioneering experience for the better understanding of this audio-visual media and worthwhile of cinema in the society.

In his address, Mr. Vimal Mehta touched upon the genesis of modern cinema as well as the systematic development of the concept in different parts of the world. In support thereof, he extensively based his points on Adrian Martin’s book “What is Modern Cinema”.

In an in-depth analytical review, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina narrated as to how a film-director in Russia is visualised as one who brings to the general public a discussion on serious social issues and philosophical themes. Referring to the technological evolution, she pointed towards cinematography returning to its earlier days when it was an entertainment rather than serious art our modern movies have. Russian cinema is passing through a tough period of reformation, and now with the support of Russian business and government, new rays of hope are evident on the creation of good movies she said Ms. Shtapkina threw light on the five-decades-long film career of Sergey Bondarchuk as an actor and director, and in the process she underscored the brilliant works of the legendary Russian film-director, which included the Oscar-winning “War and Peace”, the Grand Prix and Lenin-Prize winner “Destiny of a Man”.Sharing his experience, Mr. U. Radhakrishnan  explained as to how the people of India came up with spontaneous response to the epoch-making classic on celluloid made by the celebrated Russian film director “War and Peace” at a Soviet Film Festival in Delhi. He pointed out that there is a lot for the film-makers across the world to draw from Sergey Bondarchuk.

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