Cinema and Soviet Society: From the Revolution to the Death of Stalin

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The story of Soviet film in the period covered by Peter Kenez is central to the history of world cinema. The author explores the roots of Soviet cinema in the film heritage of pre-Revolutionary Russia; the changes in content, style, technical means, and production capacities generated by the Revolution of 1917; the constraints on form and subject imposed from the 1930s in the name of Socialist Realism; the relative freedom of expression accorded to film-makers during World War Two; and the extraordinary ...

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Overview

The story of Soviet film in the period covered by Peter Kenez is central to the history of world cinema. The author explores the roots of Soviet cinema in the film heritage of pre-Revolutionary Russia; the changes in content, style, technical means, and production capacities generated by the Revolution of 1917; the constraints on form and subject imposed from the 1930s in the name of Socialist Realism; the relative freedom of expression accorded to film-makers during World War Two; and the extraordinary repression during the final years of the Stalin era.

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Kenez, who is not identified, incorporates his earlier (no date noted) into a history of Soviet cinema that extends to 1953. His field is history rather than film criticism, so he looks at films that represent trends and conditions in the country rather than necessarily at those of high artistic quality. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860645686
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/7/2001
  • Series: KINO - The Russian Cinema Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Kenez is Professor of History at University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: The Golden Age
• Cinema Before October
• The Birth of the Soviet Film Industry
• The Films of the Golden Age, 1925-1929
• Reaching the People, 1925-1929
Part II: The Age of Stalin
• The Cultural Revolution in Cinema
• The Industry, 1933-1941
• Censorship, 1933-1941
• Socialist Realism, 1933-1941
• Films of World War II
Part III: The Death of the Soviet Film
• Film Hunger, 1945-1953
• Conclusions

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