Soviet Cinema: Politics and Persuasion Under Stalin (KINO - The Russian Cinema)

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When the Bolsheviks seized power in the Soviet Union during 1917, they were suffering from a substantial political legitimacy deficit. Uneasy political foundations meant that cinema became a key part of the strategy to protect the existence of the USSR. Based on extensive archival research, this welcome book examines the interaction between politics and the Soviet cinema industry during the period between Stalin's rise to power and the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. It reveals that film had a central function during those years  as an important means of convincing the masses that the regime was legitimate and a bearer of historical truth. 

Miller analyzes key films, from the classic musical Circus to the political epic The Great Citizen, and examines the Bolseviks', ultimately failed, attempts to develop a ""cinema for the millions.""  As Denise Youngblood writes, ""this work is indispensable reading not only for specialists in Soviet film and culture, but also for anyone interested in the dynamics of cultural production in an authoritarian society.""

 

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Jamie Miller is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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""Superbly researched and well-written, this fascinating book is the first full-length political history of Soviet cinema during a tumultuous period, the 'long thirties,' 1929-1941."" -- Denise Youngblood

""Invaluable, for the quality of the information that Miller has gleaned from the film archives in Russia"" -- Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television ""Soviet Cinema fills in many of the gaps left in many of the more general accounts of Soviet cinema in the 1930s, constructing a detailed picture of the chaos and mismanagement that plagued the Stalinist film industry. This study is a necessary resource for anyone working on the 1930s, and I highly recommend it for its profound engagement with Soviet history."" -- Lilya Kaganovsky, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 ""As the latest addition to the I.B.Tauris KINO: The Russian Cinema Series, Jamie Miller’s publication serves as an excellent complement to previous volumes on the 1930s, which tend to focus more on the films themselves...[the book] does an excellent job of filling a great gap in the history of the 1930s Soviet cinema history.""--Claire Knight, European History Quarterly

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