Marlen Khutsiev

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"[Georgian-born filmmaker Marlen Khutsiev] revitalized Soviet cinema with his New Wave sensibility during the Khrushchev Thaw of the mid 1950s and early 1960s. Still energetically making films in Russia at 91, Khutsiev will be in New York to introduce screenings and take part in an onstage conversation on October 8. ...

[During the Thaw], Khutsiev gave cinematic expression to [his generation's] inchoate desires, anxieties, and social and political awakening in such landmark films as Springtime on Zarechnaia Street (1956), Ilych’s Gate (1962), and July Rain (1967). Moving freely across temporal periods through a polyphonic soundtrack of music, poetry, and inner thought, his camera wandering the atmospheric streets of Moscow in search of private refuge from public duty, Khutsiev portrayed Russia’s postwar generation of students, poets, lovers, and antiheroes with an unsparing realism". —MoMA