Almost 200 years after his death, Alexander Pushkin remains one of the most potent symbols of Russian national pride. Since Dostoevsky praised him at the unveiling of the first Pushkin statue in Moscow in 1880, Russians of all stripes have glorified him.
Join director Michael Beckelhimer on a journey across Russia to find out how Russia’s most famous 19th-century poet became contemporary Russia’s supreme national icon.
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The documentary is a revealing jaunt through history, from Pushkin’s fatal duel in 1837 to the fall of the Romanov empire through the communist period. At each of these points, Pushkin rose higher and higher on the pedestal of Russian culture. Today, Russians still say “Pushkin is our everything.”
But it’s been a rough few years in Russia. In response, the film tackles a second important question: How can Russia’s national poet help them today? In the film, Beckelhimer meets Russians who have turned to Pushkin to get them through difficult times.
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