UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Eleanor Rees: Authenticity and Set Design in Early Russian and Soviet Fiction Film

20 November 2017, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Film set design

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UCL SSEES Russian Cinema Research Group


Room 433, UCL SSEES
Eleanor Rees (UCL SSEES) will present a paper on 'Authenticity and Set Design in Early Russian and Soviet Fiction Film' at this seminar organised by the Russian Cinema Research Group.
During the 1910s and 1920s, Russian film-makers and critics regularly commented on films in terms of their ‘authenticity’ (podlinnost’) of design. But how can designed sets, which are essentially artificial, be authentic? Discussions about authenticity at this time seem to go beyond cinema’s photographic nature and its capacity to represent reality mimetically. In this seminar, I will explore different interpretations of the notion of authenticity in relation to film design. I will examine how this concept was associated with ideas of historical accuracy, psychological realism, medium specificity and materiality. 
Eleanor Rees is a second-year postgraduate research student and Wolfson Foundation scholar at UCL SSEES, working under the supervision of Dr Rachel Morley and Dr Philip Cavendish on a thesis that explores the role of the kino-khudozhnik and of set design in early Russian and Soviet film.
All welcome to attend, no registration necessary.
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