A Film about Anna Akhmatova Screening and Conversation

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March 12th, 2014

March 28, 2014, 4-5 PM with a Reception to follow

Sargent College, Room 102

635 Commonwealth Avenue

By the time Anna Akhmatova was twenty-five, fate had granted her every conceivable gift: poetic talent, character, beauty, and fame amidst a brilliant generation. She was then inundated by the tragedies of her century: the arrests of her loved ones, starvation, wars and revolutions, isolation, betrayal. Yet Akhmatova emerged victorious, armed with mere words of poetry.

That victory is the core of the film. Yet A Film about Anna Akhmatova is not a biopic. Rather, it is recreates a story akin to ancient tragedy. The director draws on archival footage, unique recordings of Akhmatova’s voice, and her portraits, with commentary by the poet Anatoly Naiman, who knew Akhmatova in her last years.