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Small-Gauge StorytellingDiscovering the Amateur Fiction Film$
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Ryan Shand and Ian Craven

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748656349

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748656349.001.0001

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. ‘High Art’ Locally: The Screen Adaptations of Iug-Film

. ‘High Art’ Locally: The Screen Adaptations of Iug-Film

(p.144) 6. ‘High Art’ Locally: The Screen Adaptations of Iug-Film
Small-Gauge Storytelling

Maria Vinogradova

Edinburgh University Press

Amateur film studio “Yug-Film” existed in the remote Russian town of Buguruslan for about four decades from 1957. During the years of its existence Yug-Film produced over 15 films, eight of them feature-length. These films were mainly screen adaptation of Russian classical literature - Chekhov, Paustovsky and Pushkin. Far from the ambitious world of major studio cinema, or from the cultural institutions of Moscow and Leningrad, the community of Buguruslan created their films to express their affection for the classics - a naïve and selfless pursuit that demonstrates the strong presence of the two “most important arts,” literature and cinema, at all the levels of Russian culture. The work of “Yug-Film” is unusual in that the studio did not rely on trade-unions for funding at the time when amateur cinema in the Soviet Union existed on the balance of the huge state-run machine developed to promote amateur arts and filmmaking in particular.

Keywords:   Literary adaptations, Film studios, Russian culture, Chekhov

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