BRODSKY IS NOT A POET

BRODSKY NE POET

By Ilya BELOV

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Biography - Completed 2015


    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Biography, Documentary, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA
    • Languages
    • RUSSIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ilya BELOV
    • Writer(s)
    • Nikolay KARTOZIYA, Anton ZHELNOV
    • Producer(s)
    • Nikolay KARTOZIYA (CENTRAL TELEVISION)
    • Synopsis
    • Fellow poets, excited ladies, the love of his life, Marina Basmanova, two psychiatric hospitals, KGB interrogations, a People’s Court, prison, exile, forced emigration. All of this was Brodsky’s Leningrad. The biography, which was written for, in Akhmatova’s words, “our red-head”.
      On the fourth of June 1972, when the plane carrying Brodsky took off from Pulkovo airport, this biography ended. And a new life began that almost no one in his homeland is aware of.
      Russia, America, Italy, Sweden, Finland – the filmmakers have traced the journey of their hero, perhaps the most well-travelled of all Russian writers. The places, that became his biography. And the people, that defined his fate.
      FOR THE FIRST TIME, VIEWERS CAN SEE INSIDE THE POET’S AMERICAN ARCHIVE
      — More than 100 unseen personal photographs
      — Never before seen readings and interviews
      — Home video footage filmed by friends
      — Personal letters to his parents, friends and adversaries
      — Unique documentation: documents from Brodsky’s interrogations, his medical history, contracts with leading US universities
      — Unpublished poems and essays
      — The author’s collection of drawings
      — The story of a private diplomatic war. Letters from Henry Kissinger and Edward Kennedy trying to bring Brodsky’s parents over from the US.
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