Inside Soviet Film Satire

Inside Soviet Film Satire

by Andrew Horton, Dudley Andrew, William Rothman
     
 

Inside Soviet Film Satire: Laughter with a Lash is a lively collection of sixteen original essays by Soviet, American, and Canadian scholars and film commentators. It is the first in-depth examination of an important genre within the Soviet film tradition. From its origins, humor and satire have been closely linked in Soviet cinema. Nowhere in this tradition is

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Inside Soviet Film Satire: Laughter with a Lash is a lively collection of sixteen original essays by Soviet, American, and Canadian scholars and film commentators. It is the first in-depth examination of an important genre within the Soviet film tradition. From its origins, humor and satire have been closely linked in Soviet cinema. Nowhere in this tradition is there the pure comic genre typified in the West in films by Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton; by contrast, Soviet comedy can best be described as "laughter with a lash." Films made during the early years of the communist regime depicted characters and situations at a moment when the promise of socialism had yet to be realized. By the final years of totalitarian rule, filmmakers had found ways to create satirical films that powerfully indicted communism itself.

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"...provides insightful cross-cultural readings of the often elusive genre of satire." Dina Iordanova, Slavic and East European Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521430166
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Film Series
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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