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Contemporary Russian Cinema: Symbols of a New Era

Vlad Strukov


The study captures the emergence of a new cinematic sensibility and provides a relevant interpretative framework—the so-called symbolic mode. The concept is introduced to account for a particular style of film presentation that has emerged in Russia since 2000. It is characterized by the use of the highly abstracted concepts and visual language. For example, on one level, Zviagintsev’s ‘The Return’ is a story of a father coming home after twelve years of absence and reuniting with his sons. On another, it is an eschatological exploration of the story of Christ, ancient myths and native folklor ... More

Keywords: Symbolic mode, Film, Philosophy, Badiou, Russia, Contemporary, Subjectivity, Knowledge, Sokurov, Zviagintsev

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474407649
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vlad Strukov, author
University of Leeds

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