The Russian Cinema Reader

The Russian Cinema Reader

Volume One, 1908 to the Stalin Era

eBook - 2013
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Academic Studies Press
This two-volume reader is intended to accompany undergraduate courses in the history of Russian cinema and Russian culture through film. Each volume consists of newly commissioned essays, excerpts from English language criticism and translations of Russian language essays on subtitled films which are widely taught in American and British courses on Russian film and culture. The arrangement is chronological: Volume one covers twelve films from the beginning of Russian film through the Stalin era; volume two covers twenty films from the Thaw era to the present. General introductions to each period of film history (Early Russian Cinema, Soviet Silent Cinema, Stalinist Cinema, Cinema of the Thaw, Cinema of Stagnation, Perestroika and Post-Soviet Cinema) outline its cinematic significance and provide historical context for the non-specialist reader. Essays are accompanied by suggestions for further reading. The reader will be useful both for film studies specialists and for Slavists who wish to broaden their Russian Studies curriculum by incorporating film courses or culture courses with cinematic material. Volumes one and two may be ordered separately to accommodate the timeframe and contents of courses. Volume one films: Sten’ka Razin, The Cameraman’s Revenge, The Merchant Bashkirov’s Daughter, Child of the Big City, The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks, Battleship Potemkin, Bed and Sofa, Man with a Movie Camera, Earth, Chapaev, Circus, Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II.Volume two films: The Cranes are Flying, Ballad of a Soldier, Lenin’s Guard, Wings, Commissar, The Diamond Arm, White Sun of the Desert, Solaris, Stalker, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, Repentance, Little Vera, Burnt by the Sun, Brother, Russian Ark, The Return, Night Watch, The Tuner, Ninth Company, How I Ended This Summer.Authors: Birgit Beumers, Robert Bird, David Bordwell, Mikhail Brashinsky, Oksana Bulgakova, Gregory Carlson, Nancy Condee, Julian Graffy, Jeremy Hicks, Andrew Horton, Steven Hutchings, Vida Johnson, Lilya Kaganovsky, Vance Kepley, Jr., Susan Larsen, Mark Lipovetsky, Tatiana Mikhailova, Elena Monastireva-Ansdell, Joan Neuberger, Vlada Petric, Graham Petrie, Alexander Prokhorov, Elena Prokhorova, Rimgaila Salys, Elena Stishova, Vlad Strukov, Yuri Tsivian, Meghan Vicks, Josephine Woll, Denise J. Youngblood

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This is the first volume of a comprehensive treatment of Russian Cinema. Newly commissioned essays cover pre-revolutionary era from 1908; delve into the giddy experimentation of the early post-Revolutionary years, both silent and early voiced films; conclude with a massive overview of Stalinist cinema up to 1953. On the way, many of the major works are examined in detail, many of them exemplary of the particular styles and conventions (or lack of them) that prevailed at the time. The first part looks closely at Sten'ka Razin (1908), The Cameraman's Revenge (1912) and The Merchant Bashkorov's Daughter (1913). The second, most formally interesting part, describes the many varied and highly experimental films produced between 1918 and 1930, including such masterpieces as Battleship Potemkin and The man with the Movie Camera. The final part concentrates on the Stalinist cinema, and its combination of socialist realism and epic propaganda, culminating in such major productions as Chapaev, and of course, Ivan the Terrible, which can be treated as an ambivalent allegory on Stalin's rule. A useful and interesting collection of works covering a subject not widely available in English language. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston :, Academic Studies Press,, 2013
ISBN: 9781306490955
Characteristics: 1 online resource (303 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Salys, Rimgaila
Alternative Title: 1908 to the Stalin era


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