Ways of Seeing: On Kira Muratova's Brief Encounters and Larisa Shepit′ko's Wings

Lilya Kaganovsky

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This article looks at Larisa Shepit′ko's Wings ( Krylia, 1966) and Kira Muratova's Brief Encounters ( Korotkie vstrechi, 1967) from the perspective of 'female authorship.' The article argues that the work of Shepit'ko and Muratova represents a kind of Soviet 'counter-cinema' that puts the questions of seeing differently at the center of its interrogations. Here, I trace some of the ways we might begin to see the strategies, both formal and narrative, that construct new 'ways of seeing' for Soviet cinema, and to place these two films in the larger history of not only Soviet cinema (or the cinema of the Thaw), but of cinema more generally and women's cinema more specifically. This analysis will start with Muratova's Brief Encounters and then move to Shepit′ko's Wings, to show the different ways in which these two films (and these two directors) break with cinematic conventions to give us a different kind of cinema, a different way of filming, and perhaps, also, a desire to see differently.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-499
Number of pages18
JournalRussian Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • SOVIET films
  • AUTEUR theory (Motion pictures)
  • FILM theory
  • KRYL'IA (Film)
  • KOROTKIE vstrechi (Film)
  • SHEPITKO, Larisa
  • MURATOVA, Kira, 1934-2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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