History of Russian Cinema

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Film emerged in pre-Revolutionary Russia to become the “most important of all arts” for the new Bolshevik regime and its propaganda machine. The 1920s saw a flowering of film experimentation, notably with the work of Eisenstein, and a huge growth in the audience for film, which continued into the 1930s with the rise of musicals. The films of the World War II and Cold War periods reflected a returban to political concerns in their representation of the “enemy.” The 1960s and 1970s saw the rise of art-house films. ...

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Overview

Film emerged in pre-Revolutionary Russia to become the “most important of all arts” for the new Bolshevik regime and its propaganda machine. The 1920s saw a flowering of film experimentation, notably with the work of Eisenstein, and a huge growth in the audience for film, which continued into the 1930s with the rise of musicals. The films of the World War II and Cold War periods reflected a returban to political concerns in their representation of the “enemy.” The 1960s and 1970s saw the rise of art-house films. With glasnost came the collapse of the state-run film industry and an explosion in the cinematic treatment of previously taboo topics. In the new Russia, cinema has become genuinely independent, as a commercial as well as an artistic medium.

A History of Russian Cinema is the first complete history from the beginning of film to the present day and presents an engaging narrative of both the industry and its key films in the context of Russia's social and political history.

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"An indispensable addition to any library, this superbly researched and engagingly written history of Russian cinema will be the standard reference for years to come. Beumers introduces readers to the rich complexity of Russian cinema and convincingly demonstrates the key role played by the 'most important art' in Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet culture."—Denise J. Youngblood, Professor of History, University of Vermont
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845202156
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,145,972
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Birgit Beumers is Reader in Russian in the School of Modern Languages at Bristol University. She is author of Nikita Mikhalkov: Between Nostalgia and Nationalism. and PopCulture: Russia! and editor of Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema and 24 Frames: Russia and the Soviet Union. She is also editor of the jourbanals, KinoKultura and Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• 1. The Silent Era: The Beginnings of Russian Cinema (1908-1919) * 2. Cinema and the Revolution: Art vs the Masses? (1919-40)
• 3. War and Cold War: The Leader and the Enemy (1941-1956)
• 4. The Thaw: New Beginnings, Individual Lives (1956-64)
• 5. Stagnation Blockbusters: Comedies and Adventures (1964-1986)
• 6. Between Ideology and Art (1964-1986)
• 7. Glasnost and its Aftermath (1986-2000)
• 8. Russian Cinema Today (2000-)
• Conclusion
• Bibliography

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Interesting and informative but poorly written

    I bought this book for a class in college about the history of Russian cinema. Knowing nothing about this subject and very little about the 20th century history of Russia, this book has given me so much information. It is loosely divided into sections of different time periods in Russian history with the films that correspond to those time periods. It gives great details about what was going on politically in the country which helps to explain the types of films that were (or were not) made during each time. There is also a brief timeline consisting of about 80 years worth of political and artistic history summarized, which is a helpful reference.
    My only complaint is the quality of writing. I stopped marking the errors after a while because there were so many of them.

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