Russian Critics on the Cinema of Glasnost

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Russian Critics on the Cinema of Glasnost gathers together twenty-three essays written by some of Russia's most astute commentators of film and culture. Written during the 1980s and published in English for the first time, this collection includes reviews of films such as Little Vera and Taxi Blues, which were critically hailed in the West. Their comments not only illuminate important aspects of Russian filmmaking during this decade: As importantly, they capture a sense of a society in flux during the waning ...
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Overview

Russian Critics on the Cinema of Glasnost gathers together twenty-three essays written by some of Russia's most astute commentators of film and culture. Written during the 1980s and published in English for the first time, this collection includes reviews of films such as Little Vera and Taxi Blues, which were critically hailed in the West. Their comments not only illuminate important aspects of Russian filmmaking during this decade: As importantly, they capture a sense of a society in flux during the waning years of Communism, as well as the larger context within which Glasnost cinema and culture developed. This collection provides insight into the successes and shortcomings of Glasnost, as captured in film, for a Western audience.
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"Brashinsky and Horton have done it again...the work consists of 23 essays, which are sometimes witty, sometimes trenchant, and always replete with the requisite amount of Eastern European irony...teachers, students, and film buffs will find much of interest here." J. M. Curtis, Choice

"...not only presents the views of Soviet critics on the glasnost movies, it also casts light on film criticism as a type of active and assertive social behavior....a useful tool." Dina Iordanova, Slavic and East European Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521087674
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Film Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Films in a shifting landscape
Cinema without cinema 11
Cinema for every day 18
The last romantics 24
Jobless prophets 30
Midseasonal anarchists 35
The most avant-garde of all parallel ones 40
Pt. 2 Glasnost's top ten
I Repentance 49
On the road that leads to the truth 51
Between the circus and the zoo 54
II Is It Easy To Be Young? 61
Is it easy to be grown up? 63
Deafening voids 65
III A Forgotten Tune for the Flute 69
Scherzo - suite - nocturne 71
IV The Cold Summer of '53 79
Birds of passage 81
V Assa 85
The tenderest shroud 89
VI Commissar 97
Commissar 99
VII Little Vera 103
Forward, singing 105
VIII The Days of Eclipse 109
Out of bounds 111
The days of eclipse 112
The world as a mirror for the other world 114
A billion years before the end of cinema 116
IX The Needle 123
A dandy of the postpunk era or "Goodbye, America, oh . . ." 125
X Taxi Blues 131
Forgiveness 133
Taxi fares, blues fans, and film viewers 135
Conclusion: Beyond glasnost 143
Directors' biofilmography 147
Filmography 152
About the contributors 157
About the editors 159
Index 161
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