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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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Shots from Underground: Dialectics of Conspiratorial Imagination

Shots from Underground: Dialectics of Conspiratorial Imagination

(p.191) 6. Shots from Underground: Dialectics of Conspiratorial Imagination
Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History

Evgeny Dobrenko

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the Stalinist films and the dialectics of conspiratorial imagination. It reviews several Stalinist films, including The Great Citizen and Maxim's Youth, and suggests that they were not by accident dedicated to the fascinating leader of the Revolution, Vladimir Lenin, and to the noble and pure Bolsheviks, Maxim Gorky and Sergei Kirov. The chapter suggests that they were specially created objects for the sublimation of fear and argues that the more bloody the era became, the greater the place occupied by the underground in mass imagination.

Keywords:   Stalinist films, Great Citizen, Maxim's Youth, Vladimir Lenin, Maxim Gorky, Sergei Kirov, underground, mass imagination

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