Christopher Tremoglie

ctremo@sas.upenn.edu
Articles by Christopher Tremoglie

Russian Christmas Comes But Once a Year

In the United States, the Christmas season is winding down — or concluded depending on whom you speak to. The “most wonderful time of the year” typically ends after the celebration of New Year’s on January first. Yet, in Russia, the Christmas holiday is just beginning.

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Dispatch from Moscow: Observing the World Cup

Just steps from the Mausoleum, fans could participate in a mock World Cup soccer match, buy refreshments, or try their luck kicking a ball against the “highly skilled” Robokeeper — the venue’s most popular attraction, which offered amateur players the opportunity to “test the accuracy and power of [their] kick.” 

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May Day: A History

The first of May has been celebrated around the world for centuries. Known as “May Day,” the holiday originated in revelries anticipating the coming of spring in the Northern Hemisphere — and with it, a sense of physical and spiritual renewal. Over the years, this festive rite of spring evolved into a celebration synonymous with workers’ rights, socialism, and the Soviet Union. But what does May Day mean today?

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Soviet Cinema Lives! Montage, the Kuleshov Effect, and “Game of Thrones”

Over a century of use, early Soviet film techniques have demonstrated their flexibility and power, whether they are deployed to introduce Soviet viewers to Lenin’s New Economic Policy or chronicle the ascension of Jon Snow to “King of the North” for contemporary American television audiences.

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