THE THEME (Gleb Panfilov, 1979)

A Chekhovian tragicomedy, Gleb Panfilov’s Tema, co-written by Panfilov and Aleksandr Chervinsky, follows Moscowite Kim Esenin, a popular though increasingly superficial and “conformist” playwright, back to Vladimir, his hometown, where he anticipates relaxation and refreshment. On this trip he ruminates on the source of his artistic inspiration: the area’s landscape, at this point whited out […]