Film and Television Genres of the Late Soviet Era

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-09-22
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Most histories of Soviet cinema portray the 1970s as a period of stagnation and the gradual decline of the film industry. This book, however, examines Soviet film and television of the era as mature industries articulating diverse cultural values via new genre models. During the 1970s, Soviet cinema and television developed a parallel system of genres where television texts celebrated conservative consensus while films manifested symptoms of ideological and social crises. The book examines police film, melodrama, comedy, children's film, variety show film, art cinema, and epic film, and outlines how television gradually emerged as the major form of Russo-Soviet popular culture. Through close analysis of well-known film classics of the period as well as less familiar films and television series, this groundbreaking work helps to deconstruct the myth of this era as a time of social stability and also helps us to understand the persistence of this myth in the contemporary Russian collective memory.

Author Biography

Elena Prokhorova is Assistant Professor of Russian and Film Studies at the College of William and Mary, US. Her articles have appeared in Slavic Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Kinokultura, and edited volumes. Alexander Prokhorov is Associate Professor of Russian and Film Studies at the College of William and Mary, US. He is the author of Inherited Discourse: Paradigms of Stalinist Culture in Literature and Cinema of the Thaw.

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Prestige Productions I: Epics for Cinema and Television2. Prestige Productions II: Art Cinema3. The Police Film4. Melodrama5. Comedy6. Film and Television Productions for Children7. Variety Show FilmConclusionFilmographyBibliographyIndex

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