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Evgeny Dobrenko

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634453

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634453.001.0001

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Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History

Evgeny Dobrenko

Edinburgh University Press

This book examines the role of Stalinist cinema in the production of history, and in legitimising Stalinism and producing a new identity of the people of the Soviet Union. It is about how Stalinist art works with time, the past and memory, and it is also about Stalinist art per se, understood not so much as a style, but as a grandiose political-aesthetic project that completes the revolutionary project. The book furthermore investigates the role of Stalinist cinema in the conversion of the present and experience into history.

Keywords:   Stalinist cinema, history, Stalinism, identity, Soviet Union, Stalinist art, political-aesthetic project

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