The Russian Cinema Reader: Volume I, 1908 to the Stalin Era

The Russian Cinema Reader: Volume I, 1908 to the Stalin Era

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Edited by Rimgaila Salys

Series: Cultural Syllabus
ISBN: 9781618112125 (paper)
Pages: 306 pp.
Publication Date: November 2013

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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.

Contributors: 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


Rimgaila  Salys (PhD Harvard University) is professor of Russian studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a specialist in twentieth-century Russian literature, culture and film, and the author of books on Leonid Pasternak and Yuri Olesha, and has edited the memoirs of Josephine Pasternak. Her most recent book is Laughing Matters: The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov (Intellect Press and NLO).


Reviews:

[U]ndergraduate students of Russian cinema will no doubt find the Readers useful, and the books also have much to offer the general reader, not least the fact that they situate the films they discuss firmly within the specific socio-ideological and cultural contexts from which they emerged.
— Rachel Morley, UCL SSEES, Slavonic and East European Review, 93, 4, October 2015

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments


PART ONE
Early Russian Cinema 1908-1919
Denise J. Youngblood
New Notes on Russian Film Culture between 1908 and 1919
Yuri Tsivian
Sten’ka Razin
Rimgaila Salys
The Cameraman’s Revenge
Rimgaila Salys
The Merchant Bashkirov’s Daughter
Rimgaila Salys
Child of the Big City
     Introduction
     The Scheherezade of the Boulevard Novel
     Oksana Bulgakova

PART TWO
Soviet Silent Cinema 1918-1930
Denise J. Youngblood
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
     Introduction
     Mr. Kuleshov in the Land of the Modernists
     Vance Kepley, Jr.
A Subtextual Reading of Kuleshov’s Satire The Extraordinary
     Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924)
     Vlada Petrić
Battleship Potemkin
     Introduction
     Joan Neuberger, Rimgaila Salys
     Monumental Heroics: The Silent Films
     David Bordwell
Bed and Sofa
     Introduction
     Bed and Sofa
     Julian Graffy
      Life into Art: Laying Bare the Theme in Bed and Sofa
      Rimgaila Salys
Man with a Movie Camera
Jeremy Hicks
Earth
     Introduction
     Earth
     Vance Kepley, Jr.

PART THREE
Stalinist Cinema 1928-1953
Lilya Kaganovsky
Chapaev
      Introduction
      Chapaev
      Steven Hutchings
      The Elements and Consciousness: 
      The Commander and the Commissar
      Oksana Bulgakova
Circus
Rimgaila Salys
Ivan the Terrible
Joan Neuberger