Alexander Sokourov

The second film of the documentary cycle The Diary of St.Petersburg is dedicated to the outstanding Soviet filmmaker Grigory Kosintsev, whose professional life was wholly devoted to Lenfilm Studios. His flat, where the widow of the late filmmaker still lives, is in the Vasiliev Brothers street, not far from the studios. This deserted flat, almost a museum, appears here as a shelter for the memory of Kosintsev. Sokurov shows his respect and gratitude to the life of another man, a life full of creative activity, and the objects, photos, books and famous films he left behind dictate a special manner of intensive looking and listening to this emptiness full of memories. They are not so much the memories of the woman living here, as they are our reminiscences, those of Kosintsev’s viewers, personified by Sokurov’s camera. The author of the Maxim trilogy, Russian Hamlet and King Lear, a Soviet cinema classic, Grigory Kosintsev, occupies a place both in cinema history as well as in his own apartment where he has left his mark forever.

  • Running time : 90'
  • Country : Russie
  • Year of production : 1998
  • Author : Alexander Sokourov
  • Production : STUDIO BEREG Studio Bereg

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