The face of Russia

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  • Explores the art and culture of Russia in a journey across history, encompassing Russia's architecture, paintings, music, literature and cinema. Part 1 examines icon painting, the first Russian art form, and reveals the spiritual ideas that have animated Russia for 1000 years, and witnesses recent restorations of churches and monasteries from Kiev to the Kremlin. Part 2 examines Russian architecture from Eastern-inspired onion domes to Western-type palaces. Also looks at the work of Gogol who revealed the human suffering behind Russia's facade. His Dead Souls inspired 19th-century radicals and Soviet dissidents, and continues to influence Russian artists today. Part 3 explores Russian music and cinema and looks at how new media forms are shaping Russia today. Musorgsky's opera Boris Godunov dramatized the conflict between power and the people. Sergei Eisentsein retold history with silent films of such power that they became more real than actual events.


  • "Presented in a wide-screen, letterboxed format"--Container.
  • Originally released in 1998 as a television series by Malone Gill Productions, the Library of Congress, and WETA Washington, D.C. in association with Public Media, Inc. and Media-Most, Russia.
  • VHS.
  • Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.


  • pt. 1. The face on the firewood -- pt. 2. The facade of power -- pt. 3. Facing the future
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