Show Business: A Poet Takes to the Screen

Yevtushenko directs his first film, flouting Soviet taboos as usual

There were no searchlights, no gaudy limousines unloading celebrities. The crowd that packed the huge Moscow Moviemakers Club auditorium on Jan. 20 wore modest dresses and suits rather than gowns and tuxedos. And in another contrast to Hollywood custom, the film's director appeared onstage after the screening, not just to take a bow but to listen as members of the audience stood up one by one to comment on his film.

The man of the hour was Yevgeni Yevtushenko, the celebrated and some times controversial Soviet poet, and the occasion was the...

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