Russian Cinema Research Group Events Publication
- RCRG Seminar: The Politics of Voice and Noise: Film Sound Design and Acoustic Community in the Early Soviet Union
- RCRG Seminar: "Give us a Mickey Mouse"; Or, How Soviet Animators Dealt with the Mousetrap. Experiments in Soviet Animation of the 1920s and '30s
- RCRG Seminar: "The colour of boiled sweets gone mad": First Experiments in Colour Film Technology in the Soviet Union and their Critical Reception, 1929-45
- A Comedy of Eras: the Genealogies of Comic Film in Post-Soviet Russia
- Invisible Victims: Jewish Children and the Holocaust in the Cinema of Stagnation
- Tarzan, Nazi Songstresses and Stalin: Trophy Films, 1946-52
At a time when the state was bent on purging Western influences from Soviet culture following wartime liberalization and in light of the emerging Cold War, foreign films flooded Soviet cinemas. And not just any foreign films, but specifically enemy films: those of both the recently defeated enemy, Nazi Germany, and of the new Cold War enemy, America. More...
Starts: Mar 17, 2014 5:15:00 PM
A Comedy of Eras: the Genealogies of Comic Film in Post-Soviet Russia
Publication date: Jan 28, 2014 8:34:26 AM
Feb 10, 2014 5:15:00 PM
End: Feb 10, 2014 7:00:00 PM
Location: Room 431, UCL SSEES Building, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW
Four of the seven top-grossing films produced in the Soviet Union were comedies....
While the genre’s box-office popularity has continued since 1991, the percentage of comedies produced has fallen, and not many observers would privilege the genre as a particularly important signifier of (or influence on) the post-Soviet Zeitgeist. Still, film comedy can be productively examined in a different context: that of film history, and in particular as an indicator of both continuity and rupture in the transition from Soviet to post-Soviet culture. This talk will consider several Russian comedies of the past two decades in these terms, including works by Aleksandr Rogozhkin, Alla Surikova, Roman Kachanov, and the creative team behind the series of films based on the television sketch programme Nasha Russia (Our Russia).
Seth Graham is Senior Lecturer in Russian at SSEES. His research deals mainly with late-Soviet and post-Soviet Russian culture, especially cinema and humour. He has also published articles and chapters on the cinema of Central Asia. He is the author of Resonant Dissonance: The Russian Joke in Cultural Context (Northwestern UP, 2009).
- For more information please contact Dr Rachel Morley