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A Companion to Russian Cinema

Birgit Beumers (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-41276-3
672 pages
July 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Russian Cinema provides an exhaustive and carefully organised guide to the cinema of pre-Revolutionary Russia, of the Soviet era, as well as post-Soviet Russian cinema, edited by one of the most established and knowledgeable scholars in Russian cinema studies. 
  • The most up-to-date and thorough coverage of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, which also effectively fills gaps in the existing scholarship in the field
  • This is the first volume on Russian cinema to explore specifically the history of movie theatres, studios, and educational institutions
  • The editor is one of the most established and knowledgeable scholars in Russian cinema studies, and contributions come from leading experts in the field of Russian Studies, Film Studies and Visual Culture
  • Chapters consider the arts of scriptwriting, sound, production design, costumes and cinematography
  • Provides five portraits of key figures in Soviet and Russia film history, whose works have been somewhat neglected
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xv

Notes on Transliteration and References xvi

Introduction 1

Birgit Beumers

Part I Structures of Production, Formation, and Exhibition 21

1 The Film Palaces of Nevsky Prospect: A History of St Petersburg’s Cinemas, 1900–1910 23
Anna Kovalova

2 (V)GIK and the History of Film Education in the Soviet Union, 1920s–1930s 45
Masha Salazkina

3 Lenfilm: The Birth and Death of an Institutional Aesthetic 66
Robert Bird

4 The Adventures of the Kulturfilm in Soviet Russia 92
Oksana Sarkisova

5 Soiuzdetfilm: The Birth of Soviet Children’s Film and the Child Actor 117
Jeremy Hicks

Part II For the State or For the Audience? Auteurism, Genre, and Global Markets 137

6 The Stalinist Musical: Socialist Realism and Revolutionary Romanticism 139
Richard Taylor

7 Soviet Film Comedy of the 1950s and 1960s: Innovation and Restoration 158
Seth Graham

8 Auteur Cinema during the Thaw and Stagnation 178
Eugénie Zvonkine

9 The Blokbaster: How Russian Cinema Learned to Love Hollywood 202
Dawn Seckler and Stephen M. Norris

10 The Global and the National in Post ]Soviet Russian Cinema (2004–2012) 224
Maria Bezenkova and Xenia Leontyeva

Part III Sound – Image – Text 249

11 The Literary Scenario and the Soviet Screenwriting Tradition 251
Maria Belodubrovskaya

12 Ideology, Technology, Aesthetics: Early Experiments in Soviet Color Film, 1931–1945 270
Phil Cavendish

13 Learning to Speak Soviet: Soviet Cinema and the Coming of Sound 292
Lilya Kaganovsky

14 Cinema and the Art of Being: Towards a History of Early Soviet Set Design 314
Emma Widdis

15 Stars on Screen and Red Carpet 337
Djurdja Bartlett

16 Revenge of the Cameramen: Soviet Cinematographers in the Director’s Chair 364
Peter Rollberg

Part IV Time and Space, History and Place 389

17 Soldiers, Sailors, and Commissars: The Revolutionary Hero in Soviet Cinema of the 1930s 391
Denise J. Youngblood

18 Defending the Motherland: The Soviet and Russian War Film 409
Stephen M. Norris

19 Shooting Location: Riga 427
Kevin M. F. Platt

20 Capital Images: Moscow on Screen 452
Birgit Beumers

Part V Directors’ Portraits 475

21 Boris Barnet: “This doubly accursed cinema” 477
Julian Graffy

22 Iulii Raizman: Private Lives and Intimacy under Communism 500
Jamie Miller

23 The Man Who Made Them Laugh: Leonid Gaidai, the King of Soviet Comedy 519
Elena Prokhorova

24 Aleksei Gherman: The Last Soviet Auteur 543
Anthony Anemone

25 Knowledge (Imperfective): Andrei Zviagintsev and Contemporary Cinema 565
Nancy Condee

Appendix Chronology of Events in Russian Cinema and History 585

Bibliography 614

Index 631

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