Pushkin House presents a two day screening marathon of the Soviet Cult Classic espionage TV series Seventeen Moments of Spring. Pushkin House will screen some 11 hours of footage, with subtitles. It is an excellent chance to immerse yourself in the iconic thriller that transformed the image of the KGB and provided a stylish, thoughtful counterpoint to the West’s James Bond image of espionage.

Seventeen Moments of Spring, 1973

The 1973 Soviet espionage TV series ‘Seventeen Moments of Spring’ with its haunting score and songs by composer Mikael Tariverdiev is rightly some of the most famous and well loved in Russian cinematic history. Yet inexplicably, it remains virtually unknown outside the Russian community and a small group of cognoscienti in the West.

When first released, each of the 12 episodes were was watched by a reported 50-80 million people, the streets emptied and, reportedly, crime rates dropped. It was the most popular Soviet TV series of all time.

The series was directed by Tatyana Lioznova and based on the novel of the same title by Yulian Semyonov. It portrays the exploits of Maxim Isaev, a Soviet spy operating in Nazi Germany under the name Max Otto von Stierlitz, portrayed by Vyacheslav Tikhonov. Find out more about the film and watch the trailer by following THIS LINK.

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  • Date: 22 September 2018 - 23 September 2018
  • Tickets: £17-35
  • Website: http://www.pushkinhouse.org