Klassiki Journal

You can enjoy interviews, videos and essays from guest filmmakers, critics and the team here. We’ll share insights into favourite films and help you mine the gold that is Klassiki.

Fractured love stories: how Farewells set the tone for the surreal, literary film career of Polish filmmaker Wojciech Has

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Falling through rugs: Jirtdan and the rediscovery of Azerbaijani animation

Persian poetry: the rise and fall of Tajikistan’s post-Soviet film culture

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A film archivist takes us inside the battle to save Ukraine’s Dovzhenko Centre

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“The noise grows loud”: how Juris Podnieks captured Latvia’s perestroika generation

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The Politics of Watching: documentary visions of the Ukrainian East

Landscapes of Collective Fate: the political resonances of nature in Armenian cinema

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Armenia’s Hemingway: the literary gifts and cinematic legacy of Hrant Matevosyan

Time’s Tricks: fantasy and reality in Kirill Serebrennikov’s Petrov’s Flu

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How Soviet audiences fell in love with Sherlock Holmes

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Lev Kuleshov: the man who taught Soviet film to change the world

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Sakha Film: the history of a post-Soviet cultural phenomenon

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Ali Khamraev and the idea of the Soviet auteur

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Dziga Vertov and the foundations of Soviet documentary

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I’m Familiar with These Places: on the poetry of Frunze Dovlatyan’s Hello, It’s Me!

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Aleksei German’s War: how an auteur changed Soviet war cinema from within

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Exploring Soviet space on film

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Getting to the point: negotiating Rachid Nougmanov’s The Needle