Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Tolstoy and copyright

A new WHSLA member shared this movie review related to copyright...and Tolstoy. 

The Last Station (2009) trailer

"A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. Having renounced his title and property, aging Literary icon Leo Tolstoy makes plans to donate his title and property to the Russian people. His wife, Countess Sofya, challenges this act of idealism by her husband. Set in the last tumultuous years of famed Russian author Leo Tolstoy's life, it centers on the battle for his literary works and property waged by his wife Sofya Andreyevna and his leading disciple Vladimir Cherkov. Sofya believes he was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people .Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth, his thirteen children and a life of hedonism, Tolstoy makes a dramatic flight from his home. Too ill to continue beyond the tiny rail station at Astapovo, he believes that he is dying alone, while over one hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition."  Thanks to Amazon and Rotten Tomatoes for the description. 

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