IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Sergei Kapterev, Research Institute of Film Art (NIIK), Moscow, Russia

1 - 7 November 2010

Photo of Dr Sergei Kapterev Dr Sergei Kapterev is a Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of Film Art (Moscow, Russia). He received his first degree in Linguistics in Moscow, before completing his MA and then PhD in Cinema Studies (2005) at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University. His doctoral thesis on Post-Stalinist Cinema and the Russian Intelligentsia, 1953-1960: Strategies of Self-Representation, De-Stalinization, and the National Cultural Tradition was published in 2008 in Saarbruecken (VDM Verlag Dr Mueller).

Dr Kapterev’s research concentrates on Soviet cinema of the 1930s -1950s, and especially on the Soviet-American collaboration during this period. His recent discovery of two reels of Mikhail Kalatozov’s (the only Soviet/Russian recipient of the Cannes Golden Palm for The Cranes are Flying, 1958) first film, titled Their Kingdom, has caused a stir both at home and abroad, where it has been shown at the Silent Film festival of Pordenone and the Lincoln Centre, New York.

Dr Kapterev will present the following events as part of his Benjamin Meaker Fast Track Professorship:

1) Faculty Lecture: Mikhail Kalatozov - The Beginning, Mon 1 Nov, 14.15 - 15.15, Seminar Room, Brandt Cinema, Department of Drama, Film and Television.

2) Research Student Seminar: Soviet-American relations in Stalin's film industry, Thu 4 Nov, 17:15 - 18:15, Verdon-Smith room, IAS, First Floor, Royal Fort House.

For more information on Dr Kapterev's visit, please contact Dr Birgit Beumers.