A series of lectures on the history and current state of Ukrainian cinema. The events are FREE and open to the public.
Civil War as Musical Comedy: The Representation of the Ukrainian Revolution in the Soviet Film Wedding in Malinovka (1967)
Speaker: Olga Pressitch (Univeristy of Victoria)
This presentation explains the continued popularity in Russia of the 1967 Soviet film Wedding in Malinovka by analyzing its reliance on the traditional Russian cultural stereotype of Ukraine embedded in the burlesque style of kotliarevshchyna. The threat that the Ukrainian Revolution historically represented to Soviet Russian identity is normalized in the film, as well as in the 1936 eponymous operetta on which it is based, by framing it as an ethnic musical sitcom with dances. Although the two main yokels of the musical hail from a long line of Ukrainian and Jewish characters of popular theatre, both are also deeply ambivalent: one is a trickster who suddenly embraces the Bolshevik cause, while the other is the funniest and least threatening villain in Soviet film.Olga Pressitch is completing a doctoral thesis on Ukrainian Canadian prose at the Shevchenko Institute of Literature in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2011 she has been Assistant Teaching Professor in Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada). A published poet in Ukrainian and a member of Ukraine’s Writers’ Union, she has published articles in English and Ukrainian on diaspora literatures, Eastern European cinema, and Ukrainian art history.
The presentation will include clips from the film.
The lecture is co-sponsored the Petro Jacyk Program and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Free and open to the public. Register online
For more information on Ukrainian films, go to the Ukrainian Film Club's website:
- Lecture Four: “A Ukrainian Despite Herself. The Cinema of Kira Muratova”
- Lecture Five: “Lecture Five”
- Lecture Six: “Language Wars in Ukrainian Cinema, The Triumphs and Defeats of Film Dubbing”
- Lecture Seven: "New Films and New Names from Ukraine"
- Lecture Eight: "Ukraine in the Focus of Spanish Filmmakers"
- Lecture Nine: "Revisiting Great Ukrainian Film Classics: Oleksandr Dovzhenko's Zvenyhora"
- Lecture Ten: "New Films from Ukraine"
- Lecture Eleven: "An Unknown Oleksandr Dovzhenko: Ivan (1932)"
- Lecture Twelve:The Great Famine in Film- "The Living"
- Lecture Thirteen: The Holocaust in Ukraine - Screening of "Spell Your Name" and a panel discussion
- Lecture Forteen: The Fourth Wave: Post-Soviet Ukrainian Emigration to the West
- Lecture Fifteen: Holodomor:Technology of Genocide
- Lecture Sixteen: Taras Bulba 2009
- Lecture Seventeen: Birds of Paradise 2008
- Lecture Eighteen:Bird Catcher and others
- Lecture Nineteen: PKP (Pilsudski Bought Petliura)
- Lecture Twenty: Assholes. Arabescues.
- Lecture Twenty One: White Bird with A Black Mark
- Lecture Twenty Two: New Films and New Names from Ukraine. A parade of Canadian premiers.
- Lecture Twenty Three: Kyiv Frescoes, The Stone Cross
- Lecture Twenty Four: Ukraine. When the Countdown Began
- Lecture Twenty Five: The Dream
- Lectures Twenty Six and Twenty Seven: The Firecrosser and "Soviet Film and Stalin’s War on Independent Peasants, 1920-1930."