The Russian Cinema Reader: Volume II, The Thaw to the Present

The Russian Cinema Reader: Volume II, The Thaw to the Present

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Edited by Rimgaila Salys

Series: Cultural Syllabus
ISBN: 9781618113214 (paper)
Pages: 336 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 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.

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 FOUR
Cinema of the Thaw 1953-1967
Alexander Prokhorov
The Cranes are Flying
Introduction
Reconfiguring the War and Family Tropes in Thaw-Era Homefront Melodrama
Alexander Prokhorov
Ballad of a Soldier
Vida Johnson

Lenin’s Guard
Alexander Prokhorov
Wings
Introduction
Flight Without Wings: The Subjectivity of a Female War Veteran in Larisa Shepit’ko’s Wings
Tatiana Mikhailova and Mark Lipovetsky
Commissar
Introduction
Soviet Structuring Myths in The Commissar
Elena Monastireva-Ansdell

PART FIVE
Cinema of Stagnation Late 1960s-1985
Elena Prokhorova
The Diamond Arm
Alexander Prokhorov
White Sun of the Desert

Introduction
Elena Prokhorova
We Have Been Sitting Here for a Long Time
Rimgaila Salys
Solaris
Robert Bird
Stalker

Introduction
Stalker
Vida T. Johnson and Graham Petrie

Andrei Tarkovsky: The Elements of Cinema
Robert Bird
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
Introduction
The Cultural Logic of Late Socialism
Lilya Kaganovsky

PART SIX
Perestroika and Post-Soviet Cinema 1985-2000s
Vida Johnson and Elena Stishova
Repentance

Introduction
Signs and Symbols: Repentance’s Stylistic Devices
Josephine Woll and Denise J. Youngblood
Little Vera
Introduction
Between Joy and Suicide:
Fathers, Daughters, and Little Vera
Andrew Horton and Mikhail Brashinsky
Burnt by the Sun
Introduction
Burnt by the Sun
Birgit Beumers
Burnt by the Sun
Susan Larsen
Brother

Introduction
Brother
Birgit Beumers
Russian Ark

Robert Bird
The Return

Introduction
Tarkovsky’s Return, or Zviagintsev’s Vozvrashchenie
Birgit Beumers
Arrested Returns
Meghan Vicks
Night Watch
Vlad Strukov
The Tuner
Nancy Condee

Ninth Company
Gregory Carleton
How I Ended This Summer
Vlad Strukov