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CONTENTS
SUMMARY
 
LEV KULESHOV 100
 
From the heritage of the director and pedagogue: My notes on cinematography / Alien about art (1920) Questionnaire (1920) Notes on cutting (1922) From West to Canary (1929) To the directorate of Mezhrabpobfilm studio (1934) The letter to the editorial department SDCF, tov.Goltsman (1938) The letter to the chair-man of the Commeette of cinema effairs tov. Dukelsky (1938) Memories on the foundation and development of the directors and actors departments at VGIK during the period from 1919 to 1941 (1968)
The block of the archive materials, belonging to different periods of Kuleshovs life not only exhibit  the facts of his biography and creative activity, but also describe situation in the cinema in those years.
 
PROBLEM
The authors of this block are theorists, critics, explorers of the culture founding on their pedagogical experience reflect on the problems of modern professional cinema education.
 
Michail YAMPOLSKY. Cinema and pedagogics.  (The letter to Irene Shilova)
The famous cinema theorist at the example of his postgraduate course History of viewing as a history of thought reflects on the necessity to teach students the phenomenological approach towards the cinema.
 
Oleg ARONSON. The feeling of cinema (notes on education).
The author deals with the problem of feeling of cinema and how it can be taught to students.
 
Irene SHILOVA. Kuleshovs experience of filmless cinema is forgotten.
Analyzing the modern cinema education in Russia the author maintains that one of the aims of preparing future screenwriters and directors today is to return them a fresh view of reality.
 
Kirill RAZLOGOV. Ghosts of cinema education.
The article deals with the crisis in the cinema education connected with the fast changing of the reach for information (video, computers, interactive technologies).
 
Nina DYMSHITS. Dreams on film thought.
The author basing on her own experience of teaching critics reflects on necessity of wide knoledge in the field of culture for future cinema explorers, graduating from VGIK today.
 
Alexandr TROSHIN. P.S. from the editorial board.
The theme of the text is the quality of view of the future cinema explorers.
 
EISENSTEIN READINGS
 
From a pupil to a teacher. By the springs of the Eisensteins pedagogical activities:
The Programme of  theatrical workshops of Moscow Proletcult.
The preamble.
[From the speech at the discussion of the Rezhmast Central Committee educational Programme.]
Biomechanics.
The published documents make it possible to follow Eisensteins fast evolution from a pupil to a teacher during 1922-1923.
 
CLOSE-UP
Historico-theoretical seminar in VGIK
 
Andrey HRZHANOVSKY. Film direction as an object of analysis.
The lecture continuing the publication of the shorthand reports of  seminars Close up deals with the problems of cinema director profession what  features make a director,  what is an image, and so on on the material of films The Road, Rome, Ginger and Fred by Felliny, The Mirror by Tarkovsky, I am twenty by Hutsiev.
 
Naum KLEIMAN. Eisenstein, Bezhin meadow (the first variant): cultural and mythological aspects.
The lecture containing the history of creation of Eisensteins Bezhin meadow with the attempt to follow the development of the directors idea and find the sources of the images.
 
Yuri NORSTEIN. Mysteries of animation, or how The Overcoat is being created.
The famous director turning to experience of film on Gogols story Overcoat reflects on specifics of creation of an image in animation, on the problem of time in art, on the mysteries of creation.
 
SCREENWRITERS SCOOL
 
Victor SHKLOVSKY. Lectures at Mezhrabpomfilm (1929)
The materials of the seminar held 70 years ago by Shklovsky  (a well-known writer, screenwriter and critic) dealing with the practical problems of screenplay writing  on the material of films of those years are published.
 
Victor DYOMIN. The conception of screen action.
The theses to the lecture on the theory of drama held by the famous critic and screenwriter at the Higher Courses of screenwriters and directors.  
 
Jean-Claude CARRIÈRE. Screenwriter in our days: his relations with a director.
The well-known writer and screenwriter in his talk to the audience describes the specifics of the literary work in cinema and his works with Bunuel, Kaufman ets.
 
MASTER-CLASS
 
Jiri MENZEL. Anyone can make Art but you have to know how to make a comedy.
The shorthand report of Menzels Master-class, devoted to specifics of creation of a comedy film, contains the lecture and the discussion of several comedies created by students during the Master-class.
 
EXPERIENCE
(CINEMA SCOOLS AND PROGRAMMES)
 
Boris FRUMIN. The New-York school of cinema. The structure of the directors department.
The author formulates the aims of the programme and the ways of its realization.
 
Krzysztof ZANUSSI. The appeal to the students.
The preamble to Master-class of the director at the Higher Courses of screenwriters and directors, considering with the importance of ability of a young film-maker to compose and to tell the story.
 
Herz FRANK. How the documentary borns.
In the sketches of the programme and the plan of the seminar held by Frank at the Moscow Higher Courses of screenwriters and directors the famous director develops the idea of a documentary as an integration of chronicles, science and Art.
 
TO THE INTERPRETATION OF A FILM
 
Maya TUROVSKAYA. Soviet films by eyes of American postgraduates.
 Robin La PASHA. Performing the Comedy:  Musical comedy Films of Alexandrov and Marx brothers.
Mike SNYDER. A Detective Story or a Spy Thriller. The Error of Engineer Kochin and The Traitor.
Pete ROTH. Shaping Cultural Morality By Genre Modification.
Presenting the woks by American postgraduates, analyzing Soviet  films of the 30-ies, Maya Turovskaya accentuates the unavoidableness and value of another view at our cinema.
 
THEME FOR EXPLORATION
 
Sergey FILIPPOV. Film as a dream. (Fragment from a graduate work, VGIK, 1997)
The problem of dreamlike nature of cinema the author discusses on the material of The Mirror by Tarkovsky.
 
CHRONICLES. INFORMATION
 
Nina TSYRKUN. Russian idea and Russian cinema. / Fettered with a film. Women in cinema International conferences in Great Britain and USA.
The reports from the international conferences:
        Russian idea in 90-ies, (October 17-18, 1997,  Bristol) The main aim of the conference was to analyze the modern context of Russian cinema from the point of view of traditional Russian creating of myth.
        Women in cinema, (March 26-28, 1998, Norman, USA) The theme was announced as Braking the borders.  Women. Cinema. History.
 
TO THE BICENTENARY OF PUSHKIN
 
Kirill RAZLOGOV. Pushkin as a state regalia.
The author reflects on the  place of the national poet  in the modern social reality, on using his figure as a state symbol.
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