1st Edition

Ruptures and Continuities in Soviet/Russian Cinema
Styles, characters and genres before and after the collapse of the USSR

ISBN 9780367876579
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

This book, based on extensive original research, examines how far the collapse of the Soviet Union represented a threshold that initiated change or whether there are continuities which gradually reshaped cinema in the new Russia. The book considers a wide range of films and film-makers and explores their attitudes to genre, character and aesthetic style. The individual chapters demonstrate that, whereas genres shifted and characters developed, stylistic choices remained largely unaffected.

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Re-construction, or perestroika: re-visioning, re-making, re-framing

Birgit Beumers and Eugénie Zvonkine

Part I. Styles

1 Perestroika and Parallel Cinema

2 Soviet Comedies for ‘Our Time’: Cinematic Remaking in 21st-Century Russia 

3 The Journey of a Film: Aleksei Gherman’s Hard to Be a God, 1968–2013

4 ‘Waiting for Change’: Sergei Solov'ev and the Dreams of the Young Generation

Part II. Characters

5 The Prostitute as Everywoman: The Role and Evolution of the Sex Worker in Russian Cinema

6 ‘Thank God We’re Not Alive’: The Rock Star in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema.

7 Neither Here, Nor There: The Trickster in the Cinema of Perestroika and the Early 1990s

8 ‘We’ll meet in Tahiti’: The Traveller between East and West in Russian Films of the 1990s

Part III. Genres

9 Reality Excess: Chernukha Cinema in the Late 1980s

10 A Genre in Crisis? Satirical Comedy during Perestroika

11 Articulating Dissonance between Man and the Cosmos: Soviet Scientific Fantasy in the 1980s and its Legacy

12 Revising History, Remaking Heroes: Soviet-Russian Cinema and the Civil War

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Birgit Beumers is Professor of Film Studies at Aberystwyth University.


Eugénie Zvonkine is an Associate Professor of Cinema at the University of Paris 8.