Russian Myth and Memory

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How has the First World War been represented in Russia?

This month Angus, Chris and Jessica are joined by Sofya Anisimova to discuss the film Sniper (1931) and its representation of the Russian Expeditionary Force in France. Along the way, we discuss the significance of sound in film, the importance of re-enactment groups in retaining the memory of the war and the popularity of Richard Aldington and Henri Barbusse in Russian culture, while once again attempting to give Chris nightmares.

You can download Sofya’s translation of the captions for Sniper here.

References

Sniper (1931)

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