chapter  20
With Perestroika, without Tarkovsky
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It is clearly impossible to list the entire range of sensations that a Soviet cinema critic faces when asked to give a brief account of the state of Soviet cinematography today. And still, to put it in a nutshell, the situation is now approximately the same as it was at the crest of the 1920s. At that time the unexpectedly emerging sound film had swept the efforts of many silent filmmakers-who had commanded the medium just a few years before-into history.