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A Hypnotic but Contextless Portrait of Stalin’s Death and Its AftermathBy Massha Gesssen, 2019-09-30, www.newyorker.com

In March of 1953, Moscow, and the rest of the Soviet Union, fell under a spell. On March 5th, a sombre male voice on the radio, heard on loudspeakers mounted in public spaces throughout the U.S.S.R., announced that the great leader Joseph Stalin had died.

TIFF Review: "State Funeral"By Daniel Glassman, 2019-10-01, www.povmagazine.com

According to a survey done earlier this year by the Russian polling firm Levada, 70% of Russians are of the opinion that Josef Stalinʼs rule was good for the country. To those in the West who equate Stalin with the likes of Hitler and Mao as men whose colossal crimes mark them as bloodthirsty tyrants and whose names are almost bywords for evil itself, this nostalgia is surprising, to say the least.

State Funeral: Venice Reviewby Jonathan Romney, 2019-09-06, www.screendaily.com

In one documentary mode, he films observational pieces such as Maidan, Austerlitz and Victory Day, while in another he creates complex assemblages of archival work mapping the surface appearances and underlying complexities of modern Russian history; notably in The Event and last year’s The Trial. His new film State Funeral is in the latter vein, an epic, implicitly ironic evocation of the elaborate ceremonies that followed the death of Joseph Stalin in March 1953.

La mummia del poteredi Giacomo Tagliani, 2019-09-07, www.fatamorganaweb.unical.it

p>Non siamo più abituati all’idea di un evento che non sia sempre anche mediatico. Non lo siamo più da quando ciascuno di noi ha con sé una protesi tecnologica con la quale insieme produce e consuma contenuti mediali in tempo reale. Ma ancora più addietro, è nella fase ruggente della televisione e della presa diretta che il couplage tra l’evento e i media che lo creano, lo definiscono e lo riproducono ha assunto una saldatura pressoché perfetta, rendendo quasi ridondante quel binomio non più pensabile separatamente.

Venezia76 – State Funeral, di Sergei Loznitsadi Leonardo Lardieri, 2019-09-06, www.sentieriselvaggi.it

5 marzo 1953, ore 21.50. Dopo alcuni giorni di agonia, muore per una crisi respiratoria, causata da un ictus, Josip Stalin. “Morto Stalin, viva Stalin”. L’Unione Sovietica si ferma per i suoi funerali di Stato. Con filmati d’archivio, in gran parte inediti, Loznitsa mostra l’intera cerimonia della sepoltura, seguita da tutto il Paese, orfano del suo comandante supremo, che l’organo di stampa Pravda descrisse come “Il Grande Addio”.

Venezia 76 - State Funeralda Anton Giulio Onofri, 2019-09-05, www.close-up.it

La sera del 5 marzo 1953, per un’emorragia cerebrale che tre giorni prima gli aveva paralizzato mezzo corpo, muore inaspettatamente Iosif Vissarionovic Stalin. L’avvenimento produce uno shock fortissimo in tutta l’Unione Sovietica, come la morte improvvisa di un padre. E Stalin era davvero un grande padre, in quel preciso momento storico, amato, quasi venerato e ancora considerato, anche fuori della Russia, colui che aveva sconfitto Hitler influendo in maniera decisiva sull’esito della Seconda Guerra Mondiale.

В Венеции наконец похоронили СталинаСтас Тыркин, 2019-09-07, www.kp.ru

Фильм продолжительностью 135 минут - уникальная возможность примерить на себя события марта 1953 года, испытать этот опыт, пройти этот неслабый «иммерсивный экспириенс». Знаменитый документалист Лозница смонтировал кадры, снятые в преддверии и во время похорон вождя и учителя двумястами советскими операторами.

An Extraordinary New Film Captures the Spectacle of Soviet Show Trialsby Massha Gesssen, 2019-01-15, www.newyorker.com

A palpable sense of randomness is Loznitsa’s singular accomplishment. As in the trial itself, there is no story in “The Trial”—only the spectacle of the transformation of people into totalitarian subjects.

Кремль построил вокруг кладбище и околдовал людейДмитрий Волчек, 2019-09-06, www.currenttime.tv

Почему фильм о событиях почти семидесятилетней давности оказался очень актуален в современной России? И что происходит после смерти диктатора, который собрал в своих руках колоссальную власть? Обо всем этом кинорежиссер Лозница рассказал в интервью Дмитрию Волчеку.

First Look 2019: Donbass and The Trial by Daniel Witkin, 2019-01-11, www.reverseshot.org

The lifeless choreography makes for the starkest contrast with the darkly anarchic Donbass. While cameras and their operators occupy a privileged position in Putin’s info-war, here we can imagine the figure behind the camera being as frightened as all the rest, anxiously determined not to fuck up or else.

Пепел и ДонбассАндрей Плахов, 2019-09-06, www.kommersant.ru

Лозница по-новому аранжирует кадры похорон, ставит их в современный контекст, высекает барочные цветовые эффекты из контрастов черно-белого с вкраплениями кумача и алых цветов (кровь прочитывается за кадром).

Trial Runsby Tony Pipolo, 2019-01-09, www.artforum.com

To hear them refuse to defend themselves, confessing error, and begging for mercy is to witness the full, terrifying, and repugnant effect of Stalinist ideology. In the tradition of propagandistic cinema, the dour proceedings indoors are sporadically interrupted by footage of hysterical mobs marching in the streets and demanding death for the “imperialist betrayers” of the glorious working class on “trial” inside.

Спи, богатырь, спиАнтон Долин, 2019-09-06, www.meduza.io

Название «Государственные похороны» — нарочито нейтральное, будто стертое. Даже английская версия выглядит богаче: «State Funeral» можно перевести как «Похороны государства», и сразу откроется богатство трактовок. Но Сергей Лозница не облегчает жизнь своим зрителям.

The Trialby Lawrence Garcia, 2018-09-06, www.cinema-scope.com

What the industrious Belarus-born director has created is a profoundly (and productively) contradictory object that resists easy topicality: a fastidiously researched, nonfiction account of a fastidiously composed fiction, and hence a canny inversion of the courtroom drama template.

Венеция-2019: Хроника Дряхлости - От Похорон Сталина До Шедевра Полански И Слабого КонкурсаЕкатерина Барабаш, 2019-09-07, www.kino-teatr.ru

А в новом монтажном фильме Сергея Лозницы «Государственные похороны» показано, как в сделку со злом вступила вся страна. Более чем двухчасовая картина подробно рассказывает о том, что происходило в СССР с 5 марта 1953 года кончая моментом, как гроб с телом Сталина внесли в Мавзолей.

Toronto: Wavelengths Preview — "We Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Contrarians"by Michael Sicinski, 2018-09-05, www.mubi.com

While Loznitsa is to be commended for his dedication to the process and absolute fidelity to the record, the film is a bit back-loaded, since it is only through the final revelations of the trial that much of what we have been listening to comes to be understood.