abuladze's repentence
abuladze's repentence
In Tengiz Abuladze’s Repentance mothers and their young children search a stockpile shipped in from the frozen Gulags. They are looking for signs of their long lost loved ones, who were sometimes just able to carve their names on the logs.

abuladze's repentence

Naum Kleiman explains, “you know with Repentance it’s a very complicated situation. The film was actually started in a Brezhnevian time, under Schevardnadtze. Of course it was at the time of crisis, complete crisis of all ideas of the Revolution. But I know exactly that Abuladze, who did it, wanted to be Eisenstein scholar. He wrote, even as a boy, a letter to Eisenstein asking him if it’s possible to learn cinema under Eisenstein in film school. And he came to Moscow, Eisenstein answered—we have the letter by Eisenstein. And I know that Abuladze knew very well Ivan the Terrible and he used this imagery, sometimes the metaphorical image of Eisenstein to create Repentance. And Repentance itself was a kind of start for our audience to think about the possibility to speak openly, because the film doesn’t have this quality of discovering our history: everybody knew what happened after Khrushchev’s speech, especially, but this was a sign to speak about that openly. For glasnost it was very important.”


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