The Zero Hour: Glasnost and Soviet Cinema in Transition

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Princeton University Press, 15 juil. 1992 - 287 pages
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Now faced with the "zero hour" created by a new freedom of expression and the dramatic breakup of the Soviet Union, Soviet cinema has recently become one of the most interesting in the world, aesthetically as well as politically. How have Soviet filmmakers responded to the challenges of glasnost? To answer this question, the American film scholar Andrew Horton and the Soviet critic Michael Brashinsky offer the first book-length study of the rapid changes in Soviet cinema that have been taking place since 1985. What emerges from their collaborative dialogue is not only a valuable work of film criticism but also a fascinating study of contemporary Soviet culture in general. Horton and Brashinsky examine a wide variety of films from BOMZH (initials standing for homeless drifter) through Taxi Blues and the glasnost blockbuster Little Vera to the Latvian documentary Is It Easy to Be Young? and the "new wave" productions of the "Wild Kazakh boys." The authors argue that the medium that once served the Party became a major catalyst for the deconstruction of socialism, especially through documentary filmmaking. Special attention is paid to how filmmakers from 1985 through 1990 represent the newly "discovered" past of the pre-glasnost era and how they depict troubled youth and conflicts over the role of women in society. The book also emphasizes the evolving uses of comedy and satire and the incorporation of "genre film" techniques into a new popular cinema. An intriguing discussion of films of Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Kazakhstan ends the work.

 

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Table des matières

Back to the Present Representing the Soviet Past in Feature Films
33
We Are Your Children Soviet Youth Cinema and Changing Values
67
Wherever Will I Begin? Soviet Women in Cinema and on Film
99
GLASNOST DOWN WITH STUTTERING
125
Is It Easy to Be Honest? Glasnost in the Documentary Film
127
Down with Stuttering Soviet Popular Genres and the New Film Language
157
From Accusatory to Joyful Laughter Restructuring the Soviet ComicSatiric Muse
187
THE ISLANDS OF THE CONTINENT
217
The Islands of the Continent A Revised Map for Ethnic Cinemas
219
The Zero Hour
245
Filmography
251
Bibliography
263
Index
277
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