REVIEW: THE QUEEN OF SPADES (1949)

A somewhat forgotten film, The Queen of Spades seems to be making a quiet return.  Made on a small budget, the film was nominated for a BAFTA (British equivalent of the Oscars) and was screened at Cannes, before dropping off into obscurity. Based on a novella by Alexander Pushkin, the film follows one man’s obsession…

A Russian Pas De Deux: TWO REVIEWS

Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay This historical fiction is the debut novel by an award-winning short story writer.  Her true strength lies in creating vignettes; small snowglobe-like places that her characters inhabit.  The tale switches between present day and 1950s Soviet Russia, following the memories of a prima ballerina of the Bolshoi.   Daphne Kalotay…

REVIEW: Russia Against Napoleon

I don’t pretend to be an expert historian – on Russia or any other topic, but I thoroughly enjoy a good yarn.  And there are plenty of true, lesser-known tales to cull from centuries of human complications.  Writer and professor Dominic Lieven tackles the mountainous topic of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia from 1812-14.  This impressive…

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