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Films on IceCinemas of the Arctic$
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Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694174

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.001.0001

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Arctic Travelogues: Conquering the Soviet North

Arctic Travelogues: Conquering the Soviet North

(p.222) 16. Arctic Travelogues: Conquering the Soviet North
Films on Ice

Oksana Sarkisova

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter Oksana Sarkisova examines the depiction of indigenous peoples in the Soviet Arctic and how these representations have changed in accordance with the ideological narrative of a communist state in the 1920s and the 1930s. Examining films both central to and outside the canon of Soviet film history, such as Dziga Vertov’s A Sixth Part of the World (1926), Vladimir Erofeev’s Beyond the Arctic Circle (1927) and Shneiderov’s Two Oceans (1933), Sarkisova uncovers a little-known history of Arctic indigenous representation, and how these representations fundamentally shifted with the end of Leninism and the beginnings of Stalinism. Sarkisova also explores the profound role played by Polar exploration in the Soviet imaginary during these years, tracing its shifting ideological underpinnings in the process.

Keywords:   Soviet cinema, Vladimir Erofeev, Beyond the Arctic Circle, A Sixth Part of the World, Dziga Vertov, Kulturfilm, Redor Bremer, Otto Schmidt, Vladimir Shneiderov, Two Oceans

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