Dostoevsky’s Travels and Tripping with Zhirinovsky
Location la: Redstone Theater
Dostoevsky’s Travels (1991, 52 mins). A literature-inspired travelogue like From Moscow to Pietushki, Dostoevsky’s Travels is a unique hybrid documentary road movie in which Pawlikowski follows Dimitri Dostoevsky, a tram driver in Leningrad and the great-grandson of the author of Crime and Punishment, his only surviving descendant. Together they travel to post-reunification Germany, looking back at the artistic legacy of Dimitri’s celebrated ancestor, while simultaneously anticipating the future in a newly capitalist Eastern Europe.
Followed by: Tripping with Zhirinovsky (1995, 45 mins). A surreal boat trip down the Volga with the Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who had emerged as a media celebrity following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, wielding a brand of anti-Western ultranationalist populism of a sort that has become eerily familiar in the years since Pawlikowski’s film was made. Free with Museum admission.
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