BEYOND THE KREMLIN

Russia past and present, from a historian in Cambridge

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

March 7, 2017 · Leave a comment