BEYOND THE KREMLIN

Russian history and culture, from a historian in Cambridge

The many rooms of Eldar Riazanov

Stuck inside your own four walls during lockdown, you might have found solace from imagining the domestic interiors of past civilizations. The wooden houses of Meiji Japan! The villas of … Continue reading

July 23, 2020

Scarecrow / historian

At the weekend, I watched The Scarecrow — Rolan Bykov‚Äôs landmark film of 1983 — for the second time. The first time was fifteen years ago in the library of … Continue reading

November 11, 2019

The Commissar (1967): where the revolution went

This great film about the Russian Civil War contains one of the most terrifying scenes in the history of Soviet cinema. A small group of young Jewish children enact a … Continue reading

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