Film and Theater
In the postwar era, Georgian filmmaking and theater developed
an outstanding reputation in the Soviet Union. Several Georgian
filmmakers achieved international recognition in this period.
Perhaps the single most important film of the
(see Glossary) period was Tengiz Abuladze's Repentance.
This powerful work, which won international acclaim when released
in 1987, showed the consequences of Stalin's Great Terror of the
1930s through a depiction of the reign of a fictional local
dictator. In 1993, despite chaotic political conditions, Tbilisi
hosted the Golden Eagle Film Festival of the Black Sea Basin
Countries, Georgia's first international film festival. Georgians
also excel in theater. The Tbilisi-based Rustaveli Theater has
been acclaimed internationally for its stagings (in Georgian) of
the works of William Shakespeare and German dramatist Bertolt
Data as of March 1994