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Make It Real: Do You Hear What I Hear?by Eric Hynes, 2019-11-28, www.filmcomment.com

In Sergei Loznitsaʼs State Funeral, Soviet citizens congregate throughout the country in March 1953 to honor the passing of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin. Entirely archival, the footage for the film derives from a movie called The Great Farewell, which draws on dozens of filmmakers who captured the four days of public mourning that followed Stalinʼs death.

Distruggere tutto (e trovare i modi giusti per farlo)di Giacomo Tagliani, 2019-11-25, www.fatamorganaweb.unical.it

Non possiamo definire il confine nel momento in cui lo attraversiamo, ma solo in relazione con la capitale, con il centro: più ci si allontana più le cose cambiano e tendono a sfumarsi e a confondersi. La stessa cosa con il documentario e la finzione: esistono film completamente di finzione e completamente documentari. Ma quando ti muovi attraversando i confini diventi curioso di capire esattamente cosʼè questo oggetto nuovo.

De ideale beklaagdenby Angela Dekker, 2019-11-20, www.groene.nl

De Oekraïense filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa maakte met het archiefmateriaal van twee sovjetpropagandafilms twee documentaires: The Trial, over het stalinistische showproces uit 1930, en State Funeral, over Stalins staatsbegrafenis in 1953.

Сталин скоро умретЮлия Меламед, 2019-11-19, www.gazeta.ru

Это больше похоже на речь шамана, чем на речь простого коммуниста. Сейчас бы сказали, вы чего там, в 1953-м, такое забористое курили? Однако это речь простого коммуниста. Вполне серьезно товарищ с трибуны такое несет. Экстатическое. С завывающими интонациями.

Sergei Loznitsa over The TrialHugo Emmerzael, 2019-11-18, www.filmkrant.nl

Waarom sluiten de archiefbeelden van een wreed showproces uit de Sovjet- Unie van 1936 zo naadloos aan op de hedendaagse speelfilms en documentaires van Sergei Loznitsa? “Het is een onderzoek naar het leven als theater.”

Государственные похороны: фильм-мечта (комментарий)Артемий Троицкий, 2019-11-18, www.lrt.lt

С первой до последней минуты картины Сталин лежит в гробу, и это само по себе радует.

Totalitarian regimesMelita Zajc, 2019-11-15, www.moderntimes.review

The film has no voice-over, no instructions whatsoever about how to read it. It offers spectacularly beautiful images of people in motion. They are people of all ages and races, professions and social ranks, huge masses of people, moving harmoniously, at the same pace, in the same direction. Like a calm flow. Quietly. No voice is heard apart from the sounds of shoes creaking as they touch the ground, monotonous tramping, making the silence even more tangible. These human bodies and faces have no name, apart from those who are invited to speak.

Festival de Mar del Plata 2019: crítica de “State Funeral”, de Sergei Loznitsapor Diego Lerer, 2019-11-01, www.micropsiacine.com

En su nuevo documental, el realizador ucraniano toma los gigantescos y masivos eventos realizados tras la muerte de Josef Stalin para observar de manera sutilmente crítica la situación política de la Unión Soviética en ese momento.

Sergei Loznitsaʼs Donbass: A Chimera of Warby Nataliya Shpylova, 2019-10-17, www.blogs.iu.edu

With Donbass, we initiate a conversation about how the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine develops and what contributes to the escalation of political and diplomatic tension between Russia and Ukraine.

State Funeralby Jason Ooi, 2019-10-15, www.thefilmstage.com

The death of Joseph Stalin on March 5, 1953 sent political reverberations around the world, marking a significant power shift that would inevitably alter the geopolitical landscape altogether.

"Stalin is dead. Long live Stalin!"by Anton Dolin, 2019-10-07, www.meduza.io

The Russian-language title Gosudarstvennye pokhorony is deliberately neutral, as though it has been scrubbed clean of political meaning. Even the English translation seems richer: State Funeral can also be back-translated as Pokhorony gosudarstva (The Funeral of the State), which lends itself easily to a wealth of interpretations.

Dokumentären om Stalins begravning väcker frågor om känslor i diktaturerJohannes Hagman, 2019-10-07, www.flm.nu

När man ser Sergej Loznitsas senaste film, State funeral, aktualiseras frågan om genre. Filmen om Stalins begravning – som består helt av samtida dokumentation i såväl färg som svartvitt – följer nämligen knappast förväntningarna på ett nutida dokumentärt eftermäle av en av världshistoriens mest avskydda diktatorer. Faktum är att den inte följer de flestas förväntningar på vad en dokumentärfilm är överhuvudtaget.

The Event by Sergei Loznitsa at the ICAby Jagger Biggs, 2019-10-04, www.russianartandculture.com

Soon after, the USSR collapsed, ending the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. This carefully compiled documentary film transports viewers back to the confusion and optimism of August 1991. It questions what revolution means in the post-Soviet context more widely, and leaves us wondering whether its participants are victors or victims.

Film: State Funeral, dir. Sergei Loznitsa, 2019by Katya Kazbek, 2019-10-04, www.supamodu.com

An immersive experience of Joseph Stalin’s 1953 funeral proceedings carefully constructed from archival footage that gives a rare glimpse into the psyche of the massively oppressed.

UK Premiere of Sergei Loznitsaʼs The Trial at the ICAby Jagger Biggs , 2019-10-02, www.russianartandculture.com

The 1930 show trial was a staged spectacle, revolving around a crime fabricated by the OGPU. It is a fine example of the harrowingly calculated propaganda the early Soviet government used to try and change the mentality of an entire population.

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.

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.

POST-SOVIET MENTALITY IN THE WORKS OF S. ALEKSIEVICH AND S. LOZNITSAN. Klimenko, 2019-09-16, Yale University, New Haven, USA Scientific supervizor A. Savenko

The rise and fall of the Soviet Union, referred to as the “Great Experiment”, was a massive transgenerational cultural phenomenon that resulted in the creation of what may be called a new psychological species known as Homo Sovieticus. Even though the phenomenon of Homo Sovieticus has been well studied [1], the contemporary metamorphosis of the post-Soviet mentality is a fairly undocumented process.