19.9 Banned Films

No 19 : 30 April 1971

The Chronicle here gives a list (clearly incomplete) of films of recent years which have not reached the general public.

I. “Arrested” films

1. A. Alov, V. Naumov: A Nasty Tale (Based on the story by F. Dostoyevsky). Mosfilm, 1966.

2. S. Paradzhanov: Kievan Frescoes. Dovzhenko Studio [Kiev], 1966 (the film was not //assembled).

3. G, Poloka: Intervention (Based on the play by L. Slavin). Lenfilm, 1968.

The prints of “arrested” films are stored in the Special Department of the State Committee for Cinematography.

II. Films which have not been released

4. V. Bychkov: Christ’s Second Coming. Belarus-film [Belorussia], 1967. Banned.

5. M. Kalik: The Price (Based on the play by Arthur Miller). Central Television, 1969. Not passed for showing.

6. A. Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky: About Asya //Klyachina, who was in love but did not marry because she was proud (Lame Asya). Mosfilm, 1966. In 1969 the film was given a new sound-track and passed for hire with the title Asya’s Happiness. It has not gone on general release.

7. A. Tarkovsky: Andrei Rublyov. Mosfilm, 1966. In 1969 the film was sold abroad and awarded a prize in France. In 1970 A. Romanov, chairman of the State Committee for Cinematography, signed the order allowing prints to be made of the film. It has not been released.

8. L. Pchyolkin: Ballot by Name [Poimyonnoye Golosovaniye] (about the 4th Congress of Soviets, which ratified the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Script by M. Shatrov, M. Ulyanov in the role of Lenin). Central Television, 1967-1969. Showing forbidden.

9. L. Pchyolkin: An Hour in Lenin’s Study (script by M. Shatrov, M, Ulyanov in the role of Lenin). Central Television, 1967-1969. Showing forbidden.

III. “Restricted” films

10. T. Abuladze: Entreaty. Gruziya-film [Georgia], 1968. Not released in the capital.

11. V. Derbenev: Cavalier of a Dream, Moldova-film [Moldavia], 1969. Not released in the capital.

12. A. Grikevicius, Dausa: Feelings. Vilnius Film Studio, 1969. It ran for three days in one Moscow cinema.

13. L. Osyka: The Stone Cross. Dovzhenko Studio, 1968. Not released in the capital.

14. S. Paradzhanov: Sayat Nova. Armenfilm [Armenia], 1968. Released in Armenia in 1969 under the title The Colour of //Garnet. Passed for exhibition throughout the country. Not released in the capital.

15. I. Talankin: The Stars by Day (after O[lga] Berggolts). Mosfilm, 1967. It ran for three days in three Moscow cinemas and for three days in one Leningrad cinema.

IV. A film with a “story”

16. M. Kalik: To Love … Moldova-film, 1968. The film was cut without the director’s knowledge and released in the provinces in a distorted form. When the State Committee for Cinematography refused to remove the director’s name from the credits, on which he insisted, Kalik tried unsuccessfully to take legal action against the Committee. The version released for hire consisted of less than 1,000 metres of the 15,000 which had been shot, the director retaining 900 metres. The remaining 13,000 metres were seized. Criminal proceedings were instituted against Kalik for showing his own version of the film To Love … (CCE 18.6).