Brief Encounters / The Long Farewell: Two Films by Kira Muratova (Criterion Collection) (Blu ray) [USA]

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Release Date: August 13, 2024
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Director: Kira Muratova
Starring: Nina Ruslanova, Zinaida Sharko, Vladimir Vysotsky, Kira Muratova, Aleksey Glazyrin
  • Soviet Union, Ukraine
  • 1967/1971
  • 96 minutes/94 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Russian
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Nobody made films like Kira Muratova. Uncompromising and uncategorizable, the Ukrainian iconoclast withstood decades of censorship to realize her singular vision in hypnotically beautiful, expressionistically heightened films that remain unique in their ability to evoke complex interior worlds. Her first two solo features, Brief Encounters and The Long Farewell, are fascinatingly fragmented portraits of women navigating work, romance, and family life with a mix of deep yearning and playful pragmatism. Long suppressed by Soviet authorities, these films became legendary—along with their maker—and they now make for a revelatory introduction to this most fearlessly original of artists.

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TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition
  • Interviews with scholars Elena Gorfinkel and Isabel Jacobs
  • Archival interview with director Kira Muratova
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang
 
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