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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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History with Biography

History with Biography

(p.65) 2. History with Biography
Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History

Evgeny Dobrenko

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter highlights the central role of biographical films in Stalinist cinema. It investigates why Soviet historical films invariably turned into biography, and how they came to occupy the leading place among the genres of historical narrative. The chapter describes the nature and function of biography in the Stalinist political-aesthetic project and reviews some of the successful series of biographical films in Soviet cinema, including Alexander Nevsky, Suvorov and The Ships Storm the Bastions.

Keywords:   biographical films, Stalinist cinema, historical films, historical narrative, political-aesthetic project, Alexander Nevsky, Suvorov, Ships Storm Bastions

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