30 Aug – 9 Sep 2006

The program to recover and restore Russian genre films of the 1930s–1970s continues the collaboration of the Fondazione Prada with Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia.

Curated by Marco Müller and Alëna Shumakova, the retrospective examines the history of Soviet musical comedy, a cinema caught between Stalin’s praise and the danger of harsh denunciations. A systematic program of this magnitude, the digital restoration of many of the titles, by now in ruinous condition, required a groundbreaking effort.

Presented during the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, “The Secret History of Russian Cinema” is organized by the Federal Agency for Culture and Filmmaking, Sovexportfilm of Moscow, together with the participation of Cineteca Italiana.

Venue: 63rd Venice International Film Festival
“The Secret History of Russian Cinema” traveled to Fondazione Prada, Milan (1–4 February 2007).