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Early Cinema in Russia and Its Cultural Reception
     

Early Cinema in Russia and Its Cultural Reception

by Yuri Tsivian, Richard Taylor (Editor), Alan Bodger (Translator)
 

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Early Cinema in Russia chronicles one of the great lost periods in cinema history, that of Pre-Revolutionary Russia. In contrast to standard film histories, Yuri Tsivian focuses on reflected images: it features the historical film-goer and early writings on film as well as examining the physical elements of cinematic performance.

"Tsivian casts a

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Early Cinema in Russia chronicles one of the great lost periods in cinema history, that of Pre-Revolutionary Russia. In contrast to standard film histories, Yuri Tsivian focuses on reflected images: it features the historical film-goer and early writings on film as well as examining the physical elements of cinematic performance.

"Tsivian casts a probing beam of illumination into some of the most obscure areas of film history. And the terrain he lights up with his careful assembly and insightful reading of the records of early film viewing in Russia not only changes our sense of the history of this period but also . . . causes us to re-evaluate some of our most basic theoretical and historical assumptions about what a film is and how it affects its audiences."—Tom Gunning, from the Foreword

"Early Cinema in Russia . . . reveals Tsivian's strengths very well and demonstrates why he is . . . the finest film historian of his generation in the former Soviet Union."—Denise Y. Youngblood, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television

"A work of fundamental importance."—Julian Graffy, Recent Studies of Russian and Soviet Cinema

Editorial Reviews

Denise Youngblood
[Tsivian] is, in my opinion, the finest film historian of his generation in the former Soviet Union.
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Julian Graffy
Early Cinema in Russia... with its fierce and intellectual curiosity, its exemplary subtlety of interpretation and the extraordinary breadth of its familiarity both with film texts and with texts about film, is a towering achievement...A work of fundamental importance.
Recent Studies of Russian and Soviet Cinema

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226814261
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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