Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
Cinematography of the Holocaust
Fritz Bauer Institut & Deutsches Filminstitut
Filmarchiv der Bundesarchivs, Berlin, Germany
Historian / Scholar
Historian / Scholar
Born in Moscow in1957, Sergei Kapterev graduated from the Moscow Institute for Foreign Languages in 1980, with a diploma as a translator/interpreter. For the next 10 years he held jobs at the Novosti Press Agency and at Moscow State University (in the Psychology department).
In 1995, he moved to the United States, to enter the M.A. program in Cinema Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He began his doctoral studies there in 1998, and earned his Ph.D. in 2005, with a dissertation on “Post-Stalinist Cinema and the Russian Intelligentsia, 1953-1960.”
The dissertation in English is available as an on-demand publication as:
Sergei Kapterev: Post-Stalinist Cinema and the Russian Intelligentsia, 1953-1960: Strategies of Self-Representation, De-Stalinization, and the National Cultural Tradition, Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2008
Since 2007, he has held the position of Senior Researcher at the Institute of Cinema Art in Moscow. He specializes in the stylistic, intellectual and political interaction between American and Soviet cinemas, and is presently writing a monograph on this topic. His other research interests include film propaganda, Soviet policies in the sphere of film, cinema of the late Stalin period and the post-Stalin “thaw,” the cinema of Mikhail Kalatozov, and Russian and Soviet films in and about the Far East.
He is a member of the Toronto-based company Chemodan Films, which co-produced The Province of Lost Film and The Photographer, both in 2008.
Kapterev joined the Nuremberg research team during the final months of the restoration process. He provided information on Soviet film officers Georgii Avenarius and Yuri Viergang, both of whom where instrumental in allowing OSS officer Budd Schulberg access to captured Nazi footage that was used in The Nazi Plan and in Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today.
Kapterev also assisted Sandra Schulberg and Josh Waletzky with the translation into English of Soviet prosecutor Roman Rudenko’s final summation at the Nuremberg trial.
He is available for research and consulting on various Soviet and Russian film topics, and may be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.