SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (2): 'THE FALL OF BERLIN'

Throughout May, Pushkin House screens a series of classic war films from or about Russia on Sunday afternoons, running in parallel with our Spring exhibition, ‘James Hill: Russian Veterans’, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  As elsewhere in Europe, the genre changed in its tone and approach through the decades that followed.

The Fall of Berlin Падение Берлина

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1950, directed by Mikheil Chiaureli, 160 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.

The story of the rise of Alexei Ivanov, a Stakhanovite Red Army smelter-turned-sergeant, and a history of the Second World War through his eyes. With its positive depiction of Stalin and negative portrayals of Churchill and Roosevelt, the film is considered one of the most important cultural representations of Stalin's cult of personality.

Free screening: no booking required; seats are limited and are provided on a first-come first-serve basis.

RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR, SUNDAY SERIES

10th May: The Dawns Here are Quiet (1972)

17th May: The Fall of Berlin (1950)

24th May: The Demi-Paradise (1943)

31st May: The Ascent (1977)