Director: Alexei Uchitel
Screenwriters: Yuri Filinov

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


Rock might best be described as the first Soviet sampler of contemporary underground music. A widespread and lively side effect of perestroika, the music in the film has enough energy. soul and inherent appeal to recall our own exhilarating emersion during the sixties when-as in the Soviet Union now-a generation awakened to the sounds of good old rock 'n' roll.

Rock features five bands, with lineages going back to The Who, Bob Dylan and Alice Cooper: among them, Kino with Viktor Tsoi (also the star of The Needle); Oleg Garkusha and Auction; Yuri Shevchuk with DDT; Aton Adasinsky, leader of AVIVA; and the spiritual ringleader of them all, Boris Grebenshikov with his group Aquarium. Beyond the appeal of its subject matter—for Western eyes, ranging from quaint to bizarre to foot-stompin' good—Rock is a very fine documentary.

Saturday, January 20,10:15 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema II

Tuesday, January 23, 10:15 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema II

Thursday, January 25, 7:15 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema II


— Tony Safford

Screening Details


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