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
Invisible Victims: Jewish Children and the Holocaust in the Cinema of Stagnation
Publication date: Jan 31, 2014 8:55:56 PM
Mar 3, 2014 5:15:00 PM
End: Mar 3, 2014 7:00:00 PM
Location: Room 431, UCL SSEES Building, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW.
This talk explores the representation of Jewish children as victims of the Holocaust in Soviet cinema of the 1970s, a period commonly referred to as the Stagnation.
Looking at scholarly work dedicated to the depiction of children in film, it analyses the role of the child Holocaust victim in five feature films from this period. Examining these against the socio-political context of Leonid Brezhnev’s regime, it emphasises the contrast between the way these films approach the subject of the Holocaust and the official history of Jewish wartime suffering. Focussing on a well-known and commonly accepted auteur film - Larisa Shepit´ko’s Voskhozhdenie (The Ascent, 1977) – and a little-known mainstream children’s film - Leonid Martyniuk’s Piaterka otvazhnykh (Five Brave Ones, 1970) – this talk attempts to re-consider the prevailing scholarly tendency of setting ‘noteworthy’ auteur films apart from the ‘conventional’ mainstream cinema of the 1970s. Consequently, at a wider level this paper also addresses the need to reconsider the value-laden term of ‘Stagnation’.
Alissa Timoshkina has recently completed her thesis on representations of the Holocaust in Soviet cinema and is awaiting her viva. She has taught on several Film Studies courses at King’s College and Queen Mary, and is co-editor of a forthcoming book on European cinema, to be published by I.B. Tauris in June 2014. Before writing her PhD, Alissa was involved as a curator and coordinator in several film festivals and seasons in London, including the Russian Film Festival and a season of Sergei Paradjanov at the BFI.
- For more information please contact Dr Rachel Morley