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SF360: "From the Tsars to the Stars: A Journey Through Russian Fantastik Cinema"

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 23, 2007 at 4:15AM

If ever an empire benefited from keeping its citizens eyes glued hopefully on the horizon, it was the USSR. Hence, Soviet sci-fi was a popular genre in all media. San Francisco's Pacific Film Archive's "From the Tsars to the Stars: A Journey Through Russian Fantastik Cinema" offers a wonderful three-week sampling of its cinematic aspect (Russian sci-fi lit is a whole other area worth scrutiny), stretching from the silent era to the end of Communism. Dennis Harvey reports.
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If ever an empire benefited from keeping its citizens eyes glued hopefully on the horizon, it was the USSR. Hence, Soviet sci-fi was a popular genre in all media. San Francisco's Pacific Film Archive's "From the Tsars to the Stars: A Journey Through Russian Fantastik Cinema" offers a wonderful three-week sampling of its cinematic aspect (Russian sci-fi lit is a whole other area worth scrutiny), stretching from the silent era to the end of Communism. Dennis Harvey reports.





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