• Short Summary

    Across a valley, 25 miles from Moscow, green with grass and spotted with the bright colours of spring flowers, a crowd of writers and artists and friends of Boris Pasternak followed the dead writer to his grave by a small country church, June 2, at Peradelkino.

  • Description

    Across a valley, 25 miles from Moscow, green with grass and spotted with the bright colours of spring flowers, a crowd of writers and artists and friends of Boris Pasternak followed the dead writer to his grave by a small country church, June 2, at Peradelkino.

    A thousand mourners watched as pall-bearers place the coffin into the freshly dug earth. Many weeped, others murmered private eulogies to one of Russia's foremost writers, and most controversial.

    Official coolness to Pasternak in his last days and in death over the awarding of a Nobel Prize to him for his book "Dr. Zhivago", did not impede the flow of great artists into the tiny village.

    Though a Jew, Pasternak was converted to the Christian faith - Russian Orthodox - but there was no religious service at his funeral. Instead, an eulogy from Valentin Asmus, writer, at the graveside. Asmus said of Pasternak, "He will forever remain as an example, as one who defended his convictions before his contemporaries, being firmly convinced that he was right. He had the ability to express humanity in the highest terms."
    Pasternak died after a short, but complicated bout of illnesses - including cancer. He was 70-years-old and had returned to his home village to work towards his 'rehabilitation' as a writer - he had been expelled from criticisms of the Russian Revolution and of Communist society.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7W1PR65IA657NFYOTF0T0XO5V
    Media URN:
    VLVA7W1PR65IA657NFYOTF0T0XO5V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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