A fight is brewing over the fate of Russia’s most storied film studio – and for the soul of the country’s movie industry.
Galina Stolyarova, Transitions Online
ST. PETERSBURG | Russia’s oldest film studio is in crisis. Once a hive of activity that produced masterpieces by the likes of Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Kozintsev, Georgi and Sergei Vasiliev, and Alexander Sokurov, Lenfilm now stands virtually deserted, paint peeling from its walls.
The state-owned studio, which dates to 1918, releases only a couple of titles per year. Saddled with debt and facing insolvency, Lenfilm’s management has repeatedly appealed to the government, unsuccessfully, for subsidies.
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Lenfilm in Twilight