Joseph Brodsky...In the Prison of Latitudes
A Film by Jan Andrews 60 minutes, Presented by Planet Group Entertainment/Paris, copyright 2013
ENGLISH, RUSSIAN and ITALIAN VERSIONS AVAILABLE
‘In the Prison of Latitudes’ is a documentary portrait of Joseph Brodsky, one of the world’s most extraordinary poets and essayists. Filmed on location in the United States, Italy, and Russia.
Brodsky in his beloved Venice....
Young Brodsky, Russian days...
The Nobel Prize winner and Poet Laureate with friend Barishnikov
Fellow Russian Mikhail Baryshnikov, famed dancer, choreographer, and close friend of Brodsky, has called this film—shot on location in New York, St. Petersburg, and Venice—“The very best ever done on the subject.” Barshnikov has recently created a new theatrical production "Bronsky/Barisnikov" which will have its debut in the United States in the spring of 2016.
Read the New York Times Review HERE
Brodsky was born in Leningrad in 1940, and left school at fifteen. His talent evident by the age of eighteen, he would soon run afoul of Soviet authorities. Reviled and persecuted, Brodsky was finally expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972. Shortly thereafter he settled in America with the help of W.H. Auden and other illustrious supporters, and found work teaching at Yale, Cambridge, Queens College, Smith, Columbia, Mt. Holyoke College, and Michigan.
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Brodsky was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature “for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity.” He was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1991, having defied all barriers to become one of the most famous contemporary Russian poets of the 20th century.
Interviews with scholars and friends trace Brodsky’s experience as the last Russian writer arrested by the KGB. Forced to undergo a “Kafkaesque” trial in 1964, he was sent to the Northern Arkangelesk (Archangel) region.
When exiled from his homeland, Brodsky left behind a family, a new-born child, and a multitude of devoted fans who had followed his work, and shared his trials and tribulations. (In one poem, he described an exiled writer as one “who survives like a fish in the sand.”) His stance on poetry was indeed heroic, delineating formal poetry rather than the free verse then popular in America.
In the film, recordings of Brodsky reading his poems form a background of visual motifs and themes that have defined him as a resident of three water cities over the course of his life: Leningrad, New York and Venice—where he traveled every winter because the haunting city reminded him of his beloved St. Petersburg. It was in Venice that Brodsky was inspired to write the book ‘Watermark’ in 1992.
Four years later he died in New York City at the age of 56, and was subsequently re-buried on the Island of St. Michel in Venice.
‘In the Prison of Latitudes’, while presenting a chronology of Joseph Brodsky’s work and philosophy, the film explores his prominent themes: Exile and loss.
Joseph Brodsky Film for Academic Release. Price includes classroom screenings and closed campus streaming (VOD). $250 ENGLISH Version
Brodsky RUSSIAN Version
Brodsky ITALIAN Version
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