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The Adventures of Classical Film Plotting in the Land of the Bolsheviks

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 25 November 2019

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A Russian Cinema Research Group Seminar

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Russian Cinema Research Group

Location

Masaryk Room
SSEES
16 Taviton Street
London
WC1H 0BW

This talk discusses the narrative modes in Soviet cinema of the Stalin era. At the end of the 1930s, the Soviets abandoned classical plotting as too Western or Hollywood. What followed was a period of experimentation, when filmmakers tried various alternatives to classicism. Using examples such as Grigorii Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg's The Maksim Trilogy (1935–1938), I argue that the Soviet tradition developed a mode of storytelling distinct from both historical-materialist narration of the 1920s and socialist realism.  

About the Speaker

Maria Belodubrovskaya

Associate Professor at University of Chicago

Maria Belodubrovskaya is Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Not According to Plan: Filmmaking under Stalin (Cornell University Press, 2017) and has published articles on Russian film aesthetics, history, and theory in Cinema JournalFilm HistorySlavic ReviewStudies in Russian and Soviet CinemaProjections: the Journal of Movies and Mind, and KinoKultura.