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Forward Soviet! : history and non-fiction film in the USSR /
Graham Roberts.
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London ; I.B. Tauris ; New York, NY : In the United States of America and in Canada distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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x, 195 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1860642829
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Book
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London ; I.B. Tauris ; New York, NY : In the United States of America and in Canada distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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1860642829
catalogue key
2795469
 
Filmography: p. [171]-174.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-186) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
Roberts (communication studies, Univ. of Leeds, UK) adds substantially to a literature that includes Jay Leyda's Kino(1960; 3rd. ed., 1983) and Films Beget Films (1964) and Richard Taylor's The Politics of the Soviet Cinema, 1917 to 1929 (1979). During the years immediately following the Revolution and throughout the 1920s, the cinema became a powerful medium, channeling the high hopes many artists and intellectuals had for the new Soviet state. But by the 1930s Stalin's watchful eye ensured that documentarists ceased interrogating Soviet reality and made only anodyne fantasy constructions to stupefy Soviet (and foreign) audiences. Roberts properly focuses on the crucial first two decades and treats films from the late 1930s through 1989 much more summarily. He places productions within the shifting policies and ideologies governing documentary practice and brings a number of less well known figures--Erofeev, Kopalin, Bliokh, Mikhail Kaufman--into better focus, clarifying their working relationships with the famous Dziga Vertov and Esfir Shub. Roberts also looks at many rarely seen or discussed films, describing them for the first time for English-speaking readers. But however useful the volume, Roberts's descriptions can be dry, and he does not always substantiate his opinions, despite his extensive documentation in footnotes, bibliography, and filmography. Best suited to graduate and research collections. S. Liebman CUNY Graduate School and University Center
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Main Description
Forward Soviet! is the first comprehensive account of Soviet documentary output during the years between the "Great October Socialist Revolution" and the "Great Patriotic War." Drawing on previously closed State archives, Graeme Roberts re-views the great examples of Soviet and world non-fiction cinema and uncovers many fine and intriguing little-known films. He discusses the careers of men and women who made them, including Vertov, Shub, Medvedkin and Karmen and investigates the problems of analysis and context, while offering valuable insights into that context. Forward Soviet! is a powerful demonstration of how the history of Soviet non-fiction film can give insight into the agencies that shaped Soviet history and culture.
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Based on unique access to Soviet archives, Forward Soviet! reveals how history and non-fiction cinema, from 1917 through to the beginning of the 1990s, portrayed and mythologised the history and development of the Soviet Union.
Main Description
Forward Soviet! is the first comprehensive account of Soviet documentary output during the years between the "Great October Socialist Revolution" and the "Great Patriotic War." Drawing on previously closed State archives, Graeme Roberts re-views the great examples of Soviet and world non-fiction cinema and uncovers many fine and intriguing little-known films. He discusses the careers of men and women who made them, including Vertov, Shub, Medvedkin and Karmen and investigates the problems of analysis andcontext, while offering valuable insights into that context. Forward Soviet! is a powerful demonstration of how the history of Soviet non-fiction film can give insight into the agencies that shaped Soviet history and culture.
Main Description
Forward Soviet!is the first comprehensive account of Soviet documentary output during the years between the "Great October Socialist Revolution" and the "Great Patriotic War." Drawing on previously closed State archives, Graeme Roberts re-views the great examples of Soviet and world non-fiction cinema and uncovers many fine and intriguing little-known films. He discusses the careers of men and women who made them, including Vertov, Shub, Medvedkin and Karmen and investigates the problems of analysis and context, while offering valuable insights into that context. Forward Soviet!is a powerful demonstration of how the history of Soviet non-fiction film can give insight into the agencies that shaped Soviet history and culture.
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Forward Soviet!is the first comprehensive account of Soviet documentary output during the years between the "Great October Socialist Revolution" and the "Great Patriotic War." Drawing on previously closed State archives, Graeme Roberts re-views the great examples of Soviet and world non-fiction cinema and uncovers many fine and intriguing little-known films. He discusses the careers of men and women who made them, including Vertov, Shub, Medvedkin and Karmen and investigates the problems of analysis and context, while offering valuable insights into that context.Forward Soviet!is a powerful demonstration of how the history of Soviet non-fiction film can give insight into the agencies that shaped Soviet history and culture.
Table of Contents
General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration, Translation and the Russian Calendar
Introductionp. 1
Russian and Soviet Unplayed Film, 1898-1922p. 9
Vertov and the Cine-Eyep. 29
Esfir Shub and the Great Way Forwardp. 50
Beyond the Cine-Eyep. 73
The Impact of Sound and 'Documentalism'p. 92
From Realism to Realpolitikp. 108
The Not So Strange Death of Soviet Documentaryp. 122
By Way of Conclusionp. 140
Notesp. 151
Filmographyp. 171
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 187
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