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The Filmmaker's PhilosopherMerab Mamardashvili and Russian Cinema$
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Alyssa DeBlasio

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474444484

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444484.001.0001

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Vadim Abdrashitov and Alexander Mindadze’s The Train Stopped (1982): Film as a Metaphor for Consciousness

Vadim Abdrashitov and Alexander Mindadze’s The Train Stopped (1982): Film as a Metaphor for Consciousness

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(p.147) Chapter 6 Vadim Abdrashitov and Alexander Mindadze’s The Train Stopped (1982): Film as a Metaphor for Consciousness
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The Filmmaker's Philosopher
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Alyssa DeBlasio

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444484.003.0007

Most of Mamardashvili’s direct commentary on film comes from “The Aesthetics of Thinking,” a lecture series he delivered to students at Tbilisi State University during the 1986–7 academic year. Most of Mamardashvili’s specific cinematic examples, in turn, came primarily from two Soviet films: (1) Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze’s Repentance (1984), which was shelved by Soviet authorities until 1987; and (2) The Train Stopped (1982), director-writer team Vadim Abdrashitov and Alexander Mindadze’s fourth film. The preceding chapters have looked at films where we find the mark of Mamardashvili’s influence, ranging from direct connections to philosophical affinity across the genres of literature, philosophy, and film. This chapter is a study in a different kind of affinity: Mamardashvili’s use of film metaphors to describe contemporary problems of consciousness.

Keywords:   The Train Stopped, Vadim Abdrashitov, Alexander Mindadze, Tengiz Abuladze, Repentance

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