Rule of law vs. Russian justice: Nikita Mikhalkov's 12
Author: Smorodinska, Tatiana
Source: Studies in Russian & Soviet Cinema, Volume 4, Number 2, July 2010 , pp. 161-170(10)
Abstract:The article analyses Nikita Mikhalkov's film 12 (2007), a remake of the classic American Twelve Angry Men by Sidney Lumet (1957). Lumet's film asserts the rule of law over illegal retaliation, chauvinism and emotional judgement. Though Mikhalkov's version uses the setting and the plot of the original production, its ultimate conclusion is that the rule of law is not always an acceptable answer to Russia's troubled society. This article explores how Mikhalkov remade the classic courtroom drama into a prequel for a revenge genre film.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Middlebury College.
Publication date: 2010-07-01
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