From a recent interview: I was told that you take your students to the Hermitage.
I do, I take them everywhere I can, and I always talk to them. None of them have ever seen a Soviet film before. I’m forcing my class to watch them. I email them video links to operas and films. For example, if they’re reading Tolstoy’s “Resurrection” I ask them to watch Shveitser’s movie adaptation. The directing is ingenious. One must see it, be nurtured by it. They would never watch the film otherwise – it’s far too long. Their lives have a different rhythm. They write back “thx” instead of “Thank you”. And one must make peace with that.