Friday, May 14, 2004


Tolstoy as Film Critic and Prophet

Henri Troyat, Tolstoy, tr. by N. Amphoux (Garden City: Doubleday, 1967), p. 659:
But on the evening of his arrival he consented to go to a film showing in the Arbat district. It was his first experience of an event of this type and he marveled at the moving shapes on the screen. But the program was disappointing. "Views of places, a melodrama, and something comical at the end." Leaving the theater he said, "What a wonderful instrument this could be in the schools, for studying geography and the way people live. But it will be prostituted. Like everything else."

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