Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Russian Film Director Vasily Pichul Dies at 54

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Russian Film Director Vasily Pichul Dies at 54

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Vasily Pichul * Russian news agencies say the film director whose gritty perestroika-era movie "Little Vera" attracted international attention has died at age 54.

The 1988 movie caused a sensation at home for sex scenes that were unusually revealing for generally prudish Soviet cinema. It was also straightforwardly critical of Soviet society and provincial mores. Vera is both the lead character's name and the Russian word for faith.

The movie won Mr. Pichul awards at the Venice and Montreal film festivals. He went on to direct other films as well as television programs.

The reports said he died Sunday (July 26, 2015), but no cause of death was stated.

Owen Chadwick * The scholar and priest whose works explored the history of Christianity over two millennia has died at the age of 99.

Mr. Chadwick's family said in a death notice in the Telegraph newspaper that he died peacefully at home in Cambridge, southern England, on July 17, 2015.

Mr. Chadwick studied at Cambridge where he also played rugby for the university and spent much of his career in the academic town. …

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