Poddubenskie častuški

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Poddubenskie častuški

Častuški aus Poddubki

Gerbert Rappaport
UdSSR, 1957
78min, OmdU

© Viennale

Poddubenskie častuški

Gerbert Rappaport
UdSSR, 1957
, 78min, OmdU

L. Stepanov
E. Rokotova
S. Karpinskaja
M. Mudrov
A. Mazurina
R. Suvorova
E. Baskakov
E. Orlova
V. Timofeev
E. Viničenko
G. Močalova
S. Kokovkin
Ju. Pugačevskaja
E. Nesterov
M. Magid
L. Sokol’skij
L. Lander
N. Agafonnikov
V. Volin
L. Šil’dknecht

35 mm

(Post-) Stalinist cultural policy made a point of amalgamating the arts into a cultural mix, lowering the threshold of entertainment and pop culture for many years so as to achieve a splendid variety of hybrid genres. As it was naturally the “Viennese” Rappaport who was entrusted with the blending of musical arrangements and film sujets, it is not clear whether SON BOLEL’ŠČIKA (“Dream of a Soccer Fan”) features athletes dancing ballet or folk dancers playing football. On the other hand, the ČASTUŠKI are naughty or even obscene rhymes which are passed on orally from one generation to the next. For a long time, nobody in the village of Poddubki seems to know the originator of the infamous four-line stanzas that bring all the truths to light – even the fact that the chairman of the kolkhoz is a vain coward and that Griša, the tractor driver, is in love – until, in the end, the plot is resolved in a round dance sung by laymen of the “artistic self-action” group of the Leningrad workers’ collective at the Kirov Palace of Culture. This is how country folklore should be presented to the city. (Olaf Möller, Barbara Wurm)