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Harkins Colloquium

Harkins Colloquium

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 4:00pm
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The annual Harkins Colloquium will take place on January 21,  beginning at 4 pm. Our graduate students have selected the speaker - Alexei Yurchak (Professor of Anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley), who will present the lecture on the following topic: “Lenin and the Sacred: Representing the Unrepresentable.” The lecture will be through zoom: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/95790013339?pwd=cWhqSmE0Rm1SQkREdm5hMVAxWk9oZz09

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Interview with Anna Frajlich

Interview with Anna Frajlich

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Zoom

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA) on January 27, 2021 

at 12:00 noon 

for an interview with Anna Frajlich, author of The Ghost of Shakespeare: Collected Essays (Academic Studies Press, 2020) and recipient of PIASA's 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award. 

The interview about the critical prose collection of the award-winning poet will be conducted by the volume's editor, Ronald Meyer of the Harriman Institute. Robert Blobaum, President of PIASA, will chair the event. 

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live. For more information and to register for this event, please click this link:

https://harriman.columbia.edu/event/virtual-event-book-talk-the-ghost-of-shakespeare

 

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VIRTUAL EVENT. FILM VIEWING & DICUSSION. EVILENKO

VIRTUAL EVENT. FILM VIEWING & DICUSSION. EVILENKO

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Zoom webinar & YouTube Live

Please join the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University and the Harriman Institute for an online discussion of the film Evilenko (2002) with the Italian director David Grieco and the English actor Malcolm McDowell.

 

VIRTUAL EVENT. FILM ViewING & DICUSSION. EVILENKO

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

7:00pm EST

Zoom webinar & YouTube Live

 

This event will be held virtually on Zoom. There will be no in-person event.

The event on January 27 will be a discussion only. Attendees can view the film Evilenko prior to the event on Amazon Prime Video (where available), YouTube or Netflix DVD.

Register here for the Zoom webinar or tune in on YouTube Live.

 

Professor Yuri Shevchuk will moderate a conversation and Q&A with director David Grieco and the actor Malcolm MacDowell who will discuss how their film was made, how it helps understand the Soviet mindset and its grip on millions of people today, thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and many more aspects of the two men work in filmmaking.

About the film. The crime drama Evilenko (released in 2004) is based on a true-life story of Andrei Chekatilo, a.k.a. the Monster of Rostov, the most murderous serial killer in the history of the Soviet Union who murdered some 52 children and women. David Grieco uses Chekatilo’s story as the metaphor of the Soviet totalitarian system that corrupts its own citizens and kills its very future–children. A powerful indictment of Communism, this outstanding film that is yet to be truly appreciated, assumes a new and disturbing resonance today when the world is swept by populism, submerged in the parallel reality of alternative facts and post-truths, when many Western democracies are increasingly resembling the Orwellian Soviet Union where love is hatred, truth is lie, and peace is war. Evilenko is brilliantly prescient of Trump’s America, Johnson’s Britain, Orbán’s Hungary, Bolsonaro’s Brazil, and Putin’s Russia, where populist politicians have found enthusiastic support among voters and threaten to rob these countries of a future and doom them to forever live in the past.


David Grieco (b. 1951) started his film career as actor working with such directors as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Zeffirelli, and Bernardo Bertolucci. Pasolini, who wanted Grieco as his assistant director, has been his most important source of inspiration. At the age of 19, he left the actor career and became a film critic for the Communist paper L'Unità. During his 30s, Grieco started directing documentaries. His directorial debut in the feature narrative film genre Evilenko won Grieco the nomination for Donatello, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscar, in the best new director category. The film is based on his thoroughly researched nonfiction book The Communist Who Ate Children (in Italian Il comunista che mangiava i bambini). After reading the book the actor Malcolm McDowell, a close friend of Grieco’s, urged him to adapt it for the screen. Grieco responded in a positive way and invited McDowell to play the lead part.

Grieco’s second feature film, the crime drama The Ploy (La macchinazione, 2016) is based on his eponymous book that investigates and debunks the official version of the director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s death, arguing that it was a premeditated assassination organized by the powers that be to prevent him from publishing a story revealing the deep penetration of organized crime into the government of Italy.

Grieco’s latest work is the feature documentary Notarangelo. The Robber of Souls (Notarangelo ladro di anime), 2019.


Malcolm McDowell (b. 1947) (title role in Evilenko) is a celebrated English actor whose career in film has spanned over 50 years. McDowell won international recognition and fame for his roles of Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Mick Travis in the trilogy of if.... (1968), O Lucky Man! (1973), and Britannia Hospital (1982) directed by Lindsey Anderson and the title character in Caligula (1979). He has also appeared in films such as Time After Time (1979), Cat  People (1982), 

Gulag (1985), Star Trek Generations (1994), Tank Girl (1995), Gangster No. 1 (2000), Easy A (2010), The Artist (2011) and Bombshell (2019). He also appeared as Dr. Samuel Loomis in the 2007 remake Halloween and its 2009 sequel, Halloween II. McDowell has also had a string of roles on television series such as recurring roles on 

Entourage (2005–2011) and Heroes (2006–2007); and starring roles on Franklin & Bash (2011–2014), and Mozart in the Jungle (2014–2018). Later in his career he became a prolific voice actor in films, television series and video games such as 

Metalocalypse (2007–2012), Bolt(2008), Fallout 3 (2008), God of War III (2010), The Elder Scrolls Online (2014) and Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015). He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

In Evilenko, Malcolm McDowell delivers a truly unforgettable and powerful performance.  

 

Yuri Shevchuk’s interview with Malcolm McDowell done in March 2010 for the Ukrainian magazine Kino-Kolo can be found here.

 

On July 17, 2020 Malcolm McDowell’s most recent interview was published by The Guardian.

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