Ukrainian Cinema: Belonging and Identity during the Soviet Thaw

Ukrainian Cinema: Belonging and Identity during the Soviet Thaw

by Joshua First


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Ukrainian Cinema: Belonging and Identity during the Soviet Thaw by Joshua First

Ukrainian Cinema: Belonging and Identity during the Soviet Thaw is the first concentrated study of Ukrainian cinema in English. In particular, historian Joshua First explores the politics and aesthetics of Ukrainian Poetic Cinema during the Soviet 1960s-70s. He argues that film-makers working at the Alexander Dovzhenko Feature Film Studio in Kyiv were obsessed with questions of identity and demanded that the Soviet film industry and audiences alike recognize Ukrainian cultural difference. The first two chapters provide background on how Soviet cinema since Stalin cultivated an exoticised and domesticated image of Ukrainians, along with how the film studio in Kyiv attempted to rebuild its reputation during the early sixties as a center of the cultural Thaw in the USSR. The next two chapters examine Sergei Paradjanov's highly influential Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) and its role in reorienting Dovzhenko Studio toward the auteurist (some would say elitist) agenda of Poetic Cinema. In the final three chapters, Ukrainian Cinema looks at the major works of film-makers Iurii Illienko, Leonid Osyka, and Leonid Bykov, among others, who attempted (and were compelled) to bridge the growing gap between a cinema of auteurs and concerns to generate profits for the Soviet film industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780765549
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 12/31/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Joshua First is the Croft Assistant Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Mississippi, USA. He has published on a variety of topics related to Soviet cinema after Stalin, ranging from film audience research to melodrama to his present interest in Ukrainian cinema. He teaches courses on Modern Russian and Soviet history, and on contemporary Russian politics and culture.

Table of Contents

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1. Stalinism, De-Stalinization and the Ukrainian in Soviet Cinema
2. Rebuilding a 'National' Studio in Ukraine during the Early 1960s
3. Sergei Paradjanov's Carpathian Journey
4. Paradjanov and the Problem of Film Authorship
5. Ukrainian Poetic Cinema and the Construction of 'Dovzhenko's Traditions'
6. Making National Cinema in the Era of Stagnation
7. Ukrainian Poetic Cinema between the Communist Party and Film Audiences

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