Cinepaternity: Fathers and Sons in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film

Cinepaternity: Fathers and Sons in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film


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This wide-ranging collection investigates the father/son dynamic in post-Stalinist Soviet cinema and its Russian successor. Contributors analyze complex patterns of identification, disavowal, and displacement in films by such diverse directors as Khutsiev, Motyl’, Tarkovsky, Balabanov, Sokurov, Todorovskii, Mashkov, and Bekmambetov. Several chapters focus on the difficulties of fulfilling the paternal function, while others show how vertical and horizontal male bonds are repeatedly strained by the pressure of redefining an embattled masculinity in a shifting political landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253221872
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Helena Goscilo is Professor and Chair of Slavic Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. She is editor (with Stephen Norris) of Preserving Petersburg: History, Memory, Nostalgia (IUP, 2008).

Yana Hashamova is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. She is author of Pride and Panic: Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction Cinepaternity: The Psyche and its Heritage 1

1 Thaw, Stagnation, Perestroika

1 The Myth of the “Great Family” in Marlen Khutsiev's Lenin's Guard and Mark Osep'ian's Three Days of Viktor Chernyshev Alexander Prokhorov 29

2 Mending the Rupture: The War Trope and the Return of the Imperial Father in 1970s Cinema Elena Prokhorova 51

3 Models of Male Kinship in Perestroika Cinema Seth Graham 70

2 War In The Post-Soviet Dialogue With Paternity

4 The Fathers' War through the Sons' Lens Tatiana Smorodinskaya 89

5 War as the Family Value: Failing Fathers and Monstrous Sons in My Stepbrother Frankenstein Mark Lipovetsky 114

6 A Surplus of Surrogates: Mashkov's Fathers Helena Goscilo 138

3 Reconceiving Filial Bonds

7 Resurrected Fathers and Resuscitated Sons: Homosocial Fantasies in The Return and Koktebel Yana Hashamova 169

8 The Forces of Kinship: Timur Bekmambetov's Night Watch Cinematic Trilogy Vlad Strukov 191

9 Fathers, Sons, and Brothers: Redeeming Patriarchal Authority in The Brigade Brian James Baer 217

4 Auteurs and the Psychological/Philosophical

10 Fraught Filiation: Andrei Tarkovsky's Transformations of Personal Trauma Helena Goscilo 247

11 Vision and Blindness in Sokurov's Father and Son José Alaniz 282

Contributors 311

Index 315

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Lilya Kaganovsky

A solid contribution to the fields of Soviet and post-Soviet studies, bringing to light a new understanding of post-Stalinist cinema.

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