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A kör bezárul - Tarr Béla filmjei

Author: Kovács András Bálint
Date: 2013
Language: Hungarian
Abstract: Tarr Béla az elmúlt húsz évben nemzetközileg a legismertebb és a legnagyobbra értékelt magyar filmes mesterré vált. Ez a könyv Tarr Béla műveit olyan valaki szemével mutatja be, aki huszonöt éve közeli emberi és munkakapcsolatban volt e filmek szerzőivel. Végigköveti azt az utat, ahogy Tarr kidolgozta témáit, alakjait és sajátos stílusát. Megmutatja, hogy szinte minden fontos stilisztikai és elbeszélő motívum már jelen volt Tarr korai munkáiban is, és azt, hogy tudatos kísérletezéssel és ezek aprólékos kombinációjával hogyan jutott el Tarr egyedülálló művészi világához. E filmek jelentősége túlmutat esztétikai és filmtörténeti értékükön. Egy történelmi kor, és egy földrajzi régió víziója bontakozik ki bennük olyan erővel, amelyet az egész világon megbűvölve néznek. 
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ISBN: 9786155373121
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Andrej Tarkovskij: Klassiker – Классик – Classic – Classico

Editor: Norbert P. Franz
Date: 2016
Language: German
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  • In German, English, Russian, and Italian
  • Vom 18. bis 20. September 2014 versammelten sich an der Universität Potsdam kultur- und filmwissenschaftlich arbeitende Wissenschaftler zu einem Andrej Tarkovskij gewidmeten Symposium, dem ersten internationalen. Die 25 Teilnehmer kamen nämlich aus neun Ländern. Dadurch, dass nicht wenige auch eine – wie man heute sagt – „Migrationsbiographie“ haben, potenzierte sich die durch die jeweils unterschiedliche Herkunft bedingte Multiperspektivik, zu der jedoch der Modus der Wissenschaftlichkeit ein deutlich relativierendes Korrektiv bildet. Der vorliegende Band enthält im Wesentlichen die dort vorgestellten Beiträge, aber auch die der Fachleute, die nicht persönlich hatten nach Potsdam kommen können.
  • Full text can be uploaded here: https://publishup.uni-potsdam.de/opus4-ubp/frontdoor/index/index/docId/9097
Series: Beiträge zum internationalen Tarkovskij-Symposium an der Universität Potsdam; Band 1 und 2
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Atomy věčnosti. Český krátký film 30. až 50. let

Author: Lucie Česálková
Date: 2014
Language: Czech
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Monografie věnovaná problematice českého krátkého filmu jakožto zakázkového produktu, jenž zpravidla vznikal v návaznosti na klíčové sociální kampaně státu. Krátké filmy jsou zde tudíž nahlíženy jako mediální kanály komunikace občanské výchovy a politiky. Stěžejními tématy analýzy jsou koncepty poznání, práce, občanství a vkusu.

Monograph devoted to problems of Czech short film as a custom product that generally originated in relation to key social campaigns of the state. Short films are therefore seen as media channels through which the state communicated its civics and politics. The main topics of the analysis are concepts of knowledge, work, citizenship and taste.

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Place: Praha
Publisher: Národní filmový archiv
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Augenzeugenschaft, Visualität, Politik. Polnische Erinnerungen an die deutsche Judenvernichtung

Author: Hannah Maischein
Date: 2015
Language: German
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Number of Pages: 636
ISBN: 978-3-525-30074-9
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Border Crossing. Russian Literature into Film

Editor: Alexander Burry, Frederick White
Date: 2016
Language: English
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Each time a border is crossed there are cultural, political and social issues to be considered. Applying the metaphor of the ‘border crossing’ from one temporal or spatial territory into another, Border Crossing: Russian Literature into Film examines the way classic Russian texts have been altered to suit new cinematic environments.

Introduction: Filming Russian Classics: Challenges and Opportunities, Alexander Burry
Passport Control: Across the Russian Border, Thomas Leitch
White Nights (1844): Dostoevsky’s White Nights: The Dreamer Goes Abroad, Ronald Meyer
Crime and Punishment (1866): On Not Showing Dostoevsky: Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, Olga Hasty
Stealing the Scene: Crime as Confession in Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, S. Ceilidh Orr
Anna Karenina (1878): The Eye-deology of Trauma: Killing Anna Karenina Softly, Yuri Leving
Ward No. 6 (1892): A Vicious Circle: Karen Shakhnazarov’s Ward no. 6, Alexander Burry
He Who Gets Slapped (1915): A Slap in the Face of American Taste: Transporting He Who Gets Slapped to American Audiences, Frederick H. White
Lieutenant Kijé (1928): Against Adaptation? The Strange Case of (Pod)Poruchik Kizhe, Alastair Renfrew
The Twelve Chairs (1928): Chasing the Wealth: The Americanization of Il’f and Petrov’s The Twelve Chairs, Robert Mulcahy
Despair (1936): Fassbinder’s Nabokov: From text to action!, Dennis Ioffe
Ticket to the Stars (1961): The Soviet Abroad (That We Lost), Otto Boele
Conclusion: Passport Control: Departing on a Cinematic Journey, Frederick H. White

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CINEMA IN SERVICE OF THE STATE. Perspectives on Film Culture in the GDR and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960

Editor: Lars Karl and Pavel Skopal
Date: 2015
Language: English
Abstract: The national cinemas of Czechoslovakia and East Germany were two of the most vital sites of filmmaking in the Eastern Bloc, and over the course of two decades, they contributed to and were shaped by such significant developments as Sovietization, de-Stalinization, and the conservative retrenchment of the late 1950s. This volume comprehensively explores the postwar film cultures of both nations, using a “stereoscopic” approach that traces their similarities and divergences to form a richly contextualized portrait. Ranging from features to children’s cinema to film festivals, the studies gathered here provide new insights into the ideological, political, and economic dimensions of Cold War cultural production.
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Cinéma russe contemporain, (r)évolutions

Editor: Eugénie Zvonkine
Date: 2017
Language: French
Abstract: À cause de ses incroyables mutations, le cinéma russe des années quatre-vingt-dix et celui du XXIe siècle devait être abordé dans un ouvrage collectif à la fois à travers ses thématiques, ses inventions formelles, mais également ses rapports avec l'État.
Comment le cinéma russe contemporain repense son passé soviétique et s’inscrit dans la Russie d’aujourd’hui, comment il négocie sa place face aux goûts des spectateurs et aux exigences étatiques, comment il invente ou réinvente ses formes génériques et quelle place il laisse aux cinéastes singuliers et à leurs univers cinématographiques, voilà les questions auxquelles l’ouvrage proposera des réponses.
Écrits par les spécialistes russes, européens et américains, les textes abordent le cinéma sous des angles différents : juridique et économique, mais également historique et esthétique.
Premier ouvrage collectif en français sur le cinéma russe contemporain, ce volume se veut une exploration d’une cinématographie riche et protéiforme, encore trop peu connue aujourd’hui en France.
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Publisher: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion
Number of Pages: 288
ISBN: 2757417991
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Cinematicity in Media History

Editor: Jeffrey Geiger and Karin Littau
Date: 2013
Language: English
Abstract: In a world where change has become the only constant, how does the perpetually new relate to the old? How does cinema, itself once a new medium, interact both with previous or outmoded media and with what we now refer to as New Media? This collection addresses these questions by focusing on the relations of cinema to other media, cultural productions, and diverse forms of entertainment, exploring these sometimes parallel and sometimes more densely intertwined histories. Cinematicity in Media History makes visible the complex ways in which media anticipate, interfere with, and draw on one other, demonstrating how cinematicity makes itself felt in practices of seeing, reading, writing, and thinking both before and after the ‘birth’ of cinema. Contributors examine the interrelations between cinema, literature, painting, photography, and gaming, not only to each other, but amid a host of other minor and major media such as the magic lantern, the zoetrope, the flick-book, the iPhone, and the computer. Each chapter provides insights into the development of media and their overlapping technologies and aesthetics.
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Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj

Author: Nadya Tolokonnikova and Slavoj Žižek
Date: 2014
Language: English
Abstract: “An extraordinary exchange of letters.” – Guardian”We are the rebels asking for the storm, and believing that truth is only to be found in an endless search ... Two years of prison for Pussy Riot is our tribute to a destiny that gave us sharp ears, allowing us to sound the note A when everyone else is used to hearing G flat.”

In an extraordinary exchange of letters, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, imprisoned for taking part in Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin performance, and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek discuss artistic subversion, political activism, and the future of democracy via the ideas of Hegel, Deleuze, Nietzsche, and even Laurie Anderson. 

Two radicals, one in a Russian forced labor camp, the other writing to her from far outside its walls, show passionately – across linguistic and generational divides – that “there is still a common cause worth fighting for.” Touching, erudite, and worldly, their correspondence unfolds with poetic urgency.
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Publisher: Verso
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Contemporary Russian Cinema. Symbols of a New Era

Author: Vlad Strukov
Date: 2016
Language: English
Abstract: Explores the symbolic mode in relation to contemporary Russian film

One of the first books to explore Russian cinema in the new millennium, this volume captures the emergence of a new cinematic sensibility and interprets it through the framework of the symbolic mode. Analysing films by established directors such as Sokurov, Zviagintsev and Zel’dovich, as well as lesser-known filmmakers like Balabanov, Fedorchenko and Kalatozishvili,Contemporary Russian Cinema: Symbols of a New Era explores the particular style of film presentation that has emerged in Russia since 2000, characterised by its use of highly abstract concepts and visual language. Whether directed towards a mystical world, or even towards an afterlife, the symbolic mode defines the emergence of a specific mindscape which has escaped previous representational forms and is intrinsically linked to Russia’s dramatic political and economic development since the turn of the 21st century.

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  • Offers a new perspective on contemporary film in the symbolic mode
  • Provides a thorough examination of works by established directors such as Sokurov, Zviagintsev and Zel’dovich, as well as lesser-known filmmakers like Balabanov, Fedorchenko and Kalatozishvili
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Der Neue Mensch - Aufbruch und Alltag im revolutionären Russland

Contributor: Alexander Schwarz, Rainer Rother
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Die Hand am Werk. Poetik der Poiesis in der russischen Avantgarde

Author: Susanne Strätling
Date: 2017
Language: German
Abstract: Kunst = Neues Sehen. Diese Formel prägt die Avantgarde. Bis in die Gegenwart hinein bestimmt sie unser Denken. Wo aber liegen die blinden Flecken dieses Optozentrismus? Am Leitfaden der Gesten des Berührens, Gebens, Zeigens und Werkens beleuchtet die Studie Schlüsselszenen taktiler Interaktion zwischen Subjekt und Artefakt und beobachtet die Herausforderungen, die dem Auge durch die Hand erwachsen. Dabei werden Krisen einer visuell dominierten Perspektive auf die Künste wahrnehmbar, die zur Neubestimmung von Ästhetik und Poetik unter Einbezug haptischer Erfahrung auffordern. Denn die Augenversessenheit der Avantgardeforschung verstellt nicht nur den Blick auf ihren Gegenstand – sie steht mit ihrer Handvergessenheit prototypisch für eine systematische Verengung in den Literatur-, Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften.
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ISBN: 978-3-7705-6092-9
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Die Rettung des Bildes im Wort. Bruno Schulz’ Bild-Idee in seinem prosaischen und bildnerischen Werk

Author: Anna Juraschek
Date: July 2016
Language: German
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Anna Jurascheks Buch befasst sich mit der Idee des Bildes im Werk des polnisch-jüdischen Künstlers, Schriftstellers und Essayisten Bruno Schulz, der sein Hauptwerk in der Zwischenkriegszeit in polnischer Sprache verfasst hat. Im Kontext der gesellschaftlichen und technischen Veränderungen um die Jahrhundertwende untersucht die Autorin Bruno Schulz` auffälligen und eigenwilligen Umgang mit Bildern, der sich sowohl im plastischen als auch im literarischen Werk sowie in der Verflechtung beider Ausdrucksmittel zeigt. Zur Analyse und Bewertung werden einerseits Untersuchungen zu Bildern und ihrer kulturellen Funktion in der Zwischenkriegszeit herangezogen, wie die wegweisenden Aufsätze von Walter Benjamin und Gisèle Freund, andererseits neuere bildwissenschaftliche Theorien wie jene von Hans Belting und Gottfried Boehm.

  
Series: Schnittstellen Studien zum östlichen und südöstlichen Europa - Band 003
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Digital Russia: The Language, Culture and Politics of New Media Communication

Editor: Michael Gorham, Ingunn Lunde, Martin Pau
Date: 2016
Language: English
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Digital Russia provides a comprehensive analysis of the ways in which new media technologies have shaped language and communication in contemporary Russia. It traces the development of the Russian-language internet, explores the evolution of web-based communication practices, showing how they have both shaped and been shaped by social, political, linguistic and literary realities, and examines online features and trends that are characteristic of, and in some cases specific to, the Russian-language internet.

Introduction Michael S. Gorham, Ingunn Lunde and Martin Paulsen Part 1: Contexts 1. The (Im)personal Connection: Computational Systems and (Post-)Soviet Cultural History Vlad Strukov2.From the Utopia of Autonomy to a Political Battlefield:Towards a History of the "Russian Internet"Natalya Konradova and Henrike Schmidt Part 2: New Media Spaces 3. Divided by a Common Web: Some Characteristics of the Russian Blogosphere Gasan Gusejnov 4. Social Network Sites on the Runet: Exploring Social Communication Tine Roesen and Vera Zvereva 5. Testing and Contesting Russian Twitter Martin Paulsen and Vera Zvereva Part 3: Language and Diversity 6. The Written Turn: How CMC Actuates Linguistic Change in Russian Aleksandrs Berdicevskis 7. Slangs go Online, or the Rise and Fall of the Olbanian Language Aleksandrs Berdicevskis and Vera Zvereva 8. Language on Display: On the Performative Character of Computer-Mediated Metalanguage Ingunn Lunde 9. Translit: Computer-Mediated Digraphia on the Runet Martin Paulsen Part 4: Literature and New Technology 10. Russian Literature on the Internet: From Hypertext to Fairy Tale Henrike Schmidt 11. Occassional Political Poetry and the Culture of the Russian Internet Roman Leibov 12. Digitizing Everything? Online Libraries on the Runet Kåre Johan Mjør Part 5: The Political Realm 13. Politicians Online: Prospects and Perils of "Direct Internet Democracy" Michael S. Gorham 14. Languages of Memory Ellen Rutten 15. Is there a Russian Cyber Empire? Dirk Uffelmann

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East, West and Centre: Reframing post-1989 European Cinema

Editor: Michael Gott and Todd Herzog
Date: 2015
Language: English
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Twenty-five years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Eastern Europe, ten years have passed since the first formerly communist states entered the E.U. and an entire post-Wall generation has now entered adulthood. Yet scholarship on European cinema still tends to divide the continent along the old Cold War lines. This collection is the first to consider the ways in which notions such as East and West, national and transnational, central and marginal are being rethought and reframed in contemporary European cinema. The world's leading scholars in the field assemble in this volume to assess the state of post-1989 European cinema, from (co)production and reception trends to filmic depictions of migration patterns, economic transformations, and socio-political debates over the past and the present. The volume focuses on three geographic or linguistic clusters whilst suggesting that the lines are often blurred between them: French- and German-language cinemas as well as more ‘marginal’ and overlooked players in European cinema. Contributions address recent films from or about Armenia, Austria, the Balkans, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Switzerland and the complex and often contradictory notions of East, West and ‘Centre’ that they employ. The volume is grouped around three sections: (1) ‘Redrawing the Lines: De/Re-centring Europe’, (2) ‘Belonging and the “Road to/from Europe”: Border Spaces, Eastern Margins and Eastern Markets’ and (3) Spectres of the East. It is the most comprehensive investigation of East/West European cinema in the early 21st century.

Keywords: Post-communism, French Cinema, German Cinema, Balkan Cinema, Baltic Cinema, Romanian Cinema, Transnationalism, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, European Cinema

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Erinnerungen an den Krieg – Krieg der Erinnerungen. Litauen und der Zweite Weltkrieg

Author: Ekaterina Makhotina
Date: 2017
Language: German
Abstract: Dieses Buch schreibt die Geschichte der litauischen Erinnerungskultur auf eine neue und unkonventionelle Art und Weise. Durch den Fokus auf die Geschichte der Gedenkstätten und Denkmale des Zweiten Weltkrieges werden vielfältige Akteure, Erinnerungspraktiken und historische Diskurse umfassend ausgeleuchtet. Hatten die ersten Kriegsdenkmale und Museen die Funktion, auf die Präsenz der Sowjetmacht hinzuweisen, wurde in den 1960er Jahren das Motiv des litauischen Heldenmutes und Widerstandes zentral. Diese Nationalisierung des Widerstandes ging auf Kosten der jüdischen Untergrundkämpfer; und auch für jüdische Opfer der Massenvernichtung während der deutschen Besatzung war in der sowjetischen Erinnerungspolitik kaum Platz. Nach dem politischen Umbruch und der Wiedererlangung der Staatssouveränität im Jahr 1990 bekam die »erlebte« Geschichte – und vor allem die Erfahrung der Opfer des stalinistischen Terrors – einen zentralen Platz in der öffentlichen Geschichtspräsentation. Fast alle Erinnerungsstätten, die mit der deutschen Besatzung im Zusammenhang standen, wurden als sowjetische Propagandastätten begriffen und beseitigt. In wenigen Fällen wurden »doppelte Gedenkstätten« eröffnet und somit die These der Gleichwertigkeit der Verbrechen des Nationalsozialismus und des Kommunismus museal gefestigt. Bestimmte Strategien der geschichtlichen Repräsentationen lassen die Opfer- und Heldendiskurse ausschließlich national deuten. Zugleich wird die staatliche Erinnerungspolitik aber durch Prozesse der Europäisierung der Erinnerung sowie die Entwicklung neuer, transnationalen Erinnerungsdiskurse herausgefordert.
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Ethos und Pathos. Mediale Wirkungsästhetik im 20. Jahrhundert in Ost und West

Editor: Riccardo Nicolosi und Tanja Zimmermann
Date: 2016
Language: German
Abstract: Das dynamische Wechsel- und Spannungsverhältnis von Ethos und Pathos in den Medien des 20. Jahrhunderts, von der Literatur über die bildende und die Körperkunst bis hin zu Radio und Film, steht im Zentrum dieses Buches. Als komplementäre Kategorien der antiken Affektenlehre, die auf eine lange rhetorische und bildliche Tradition zurückblicken, haben Ethos und Pathos einen zentralen Anteil an der Formierung unterschiedlicher Wirkungsästhetiken in den modernen Medien. In ihrem Zusammenwirken, aber auch im Konflikt miteinander prägen sie die medialen Modellierungen politischer Ziele, Ideologien und ästhetischer Programme. Die Beiträge beleuchten in komparatistischer Perspektive verschiedene Ausprägungen medialer Wirkungsästhetik in den Kulturen Ost- und Westeuropas sowie Nordamerikas.
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Facing the Present. Transition in Post-Yugoslavia. The Artists' View

Editor: Renate Hansen-Kokoruš
Date: 2014
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Figures de l’extase. Eisenstein et l’esthétique du pathos au cinéma

Author: Massimo Olivero
Date: 2016
Language: French
Abstract: Les deux péons du film inachevé Que viva Mexico ! (voir l’image de couverture) incarnent plastiquement le conflit pathétique à l’œuvre dans toute figure de l’extase conçue par Sergueï Eisenstein. D’une part, ces corps suppliciés témoignent de la cruauté insensée de la torture qu’ils subissent (ensevelis dans le terrain et piétinés par des chevaux). D’autre part, ils figurent le thème politique du martyre du prolétariat : avec leur mort, ils permettront la résurrection d’un peuple entier. En s’appuyant sur l’analyse des principales étapes de l’œuvre d’Eisenstein, cet essai se propose d’interroger et de comprendre la lutte déchirante, la contradiction dionysiaque en acte dans toute image extatique, toujours oscillante entre la dimension régressive, prélogique de l’art ; et la puissance productive, efficace d’un cinéma capable d’accéder à l’expérience d’une véritable transcendance extatique pour le spectateur.
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Film - náš pomocník. Český krátký film 50. let

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Forgatott könyvek. A magyar film és az irodalom kapcsolata 1945 és 1995 között

Author: Gelencsér Gábor
Date: 2015
Language: Hungarian
Abstract: Gelencsér Gábor nagyszabású, hiánypótló monográfiája a magyar film és az irodalom kapcsolatát tárgyalja 1945 és 1995 között. Egyfelől áttekinti két kulturális rendszer, azaz film és irodalom hatásösszefüggéseinek történetét, másfelől érzékeny és alapos elemzéseket közöl a legfontosabb írók műveinek adaptációiról (Móricz Zsigmond, Déry Tibor, Mándy Iván, Krasznahorkai László), illetve az irodalmi ihletettségű szerzői filmesek munkáiról (Fábri Zoltán, Makk Károly, Gothár Péter, Tarr Béla). A kötet tehát olvasható nem hagyományos filmtörténetként, kultúrpolitikai és kultúrtörténeti összefoglalásként, illetve figyelmes és értékes esztétikai elemzések sorozataként is. Egyszerre tankönyv, monográfia és műelemző esszé. Nehezen besorolható, különleges vállalkozás – ahogy a mű tárgyát képező, kiemelkedő magyar filmes adaptációk is azok. Filmbarátok, diákok, tanárok, kutatók, nézők és olvasók kötelező olvasmánya.
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František Gellner Dílo. Svazek I (1894–1908) a II (1909–1914)

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Gender in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe and the USSR

Editor: Catherine Baker
Date: 2016
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A concise and accessible introduction to the gender histories of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the twentieth century. These essays juxtapose established topics in gender history such as motherhood, masculinities, work and activism with newer areas, such as the history of imprisonment and the transnational history of sexuality.

By collecting these essays in a single volume, Catherine Baker encourages historians to look at gender history across borders and time periods, emphasising that evidence and debates from Eastern Europe can inform broader approaches to contemporary gender history.

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Glücksuchende? Conditio Judaica im sowjetischen Film.

Editor: Lilia Antipow
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Date: 2011
Language: German
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Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann
Number of Pages: 457
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Happiness

Author: Nikolai Izvolov
Date: 2012
Language: English
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One of Chris Marker’s favourite Russian films,“Happiness“ (1934) by A. Medvedkin, is now available in a Hyperkino eBook edition featuring Nikolai Izvolov’s annotations – „both passionate and insightful" (C. Olesen). 
Hyperkino was called „an ingenious way to stepping up an academic gear from an audio commentary" (J. Riley) and "one of the most exciting forms of reflection on film one can experience today." (J. Schätz). “Happiness“ is the first eBook in a new series of Hyperkino Books.

Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century. Images, Memory, and the Ethics of Representation

Editor: Gerd Bayer and Oleksandr Kobrynskyy
Date: 2015
Language: English
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In the first fifteen years of the twenty-first century, a large number of films were produced in Europe, Israel, the United States, and elsewhere addressing the historical reality and the legacy of the Holocaust. Contemporary Holocaust cinema exists at the intersection of national cultural traditions, aesthetic conventions, and the inner logic of popular forms of entertainment. It also reacts to developments in both fiction and documentary films following the innovations of a postmodern aesthetic. With the number of witnesses to the atrocities of Nazi Germany dwindling, medialized representations of the Holocaust take on greater cultural significance. At the same time, visual responses to the task of keeping memories alive have to readjust their value systems and reconsider their artistic choices.

Both established directors and a new generation of filmmakers have tackled the ethically difficult task of finding a visual language to represent the past that is also relatable to viewers. Both geographical and spatial principles of Holocaust memory are frequently addressed in original ways. Another development concentrates on perpetrator figures, adding questions related to guilt and memory. Covering such diverse topics, this volume brings together scholars from cultural studies, literary studies, and film studies. Their analyses of twenty-first-century Holocaust films venture across national and linguistic boundaries and make visible various formal and intertextual relationships within the substantial body of Holocaust cinema

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Kind und Jugendlicher in der Literatur und im Film Bosniens, Kroatiens und Serbiens

Editor: Renate Hansen-Kokoruš, Elena Popovska
Date: 2013
Language: German
Abstract: Die Figur des Kindes und des Jugendlichen als Fokalisator spielt in der Literatur und im Film Bosniens, Kroatiens und Serbiens eine besondere Rolle. Dieser Band gibt einen Überblick über literarische Werke des 20. und 21. Jh. sowie jüngere Filme mit dieser besonderen Erzählperspektive. Welchen unterschiedlichen Funktionen die Infantilisierung mit Verfremdung und Erinnerung dient, welche Rolle sie narrativ und kompositionell spielt und welche oft tabuisierten Themen im Mittelpunkt stehen, beleuchten die Beiträge von AutorInnen aus Südosteuropa, Deutschland und Österreich. 
Series: Grazer Studien zur Slawistik
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Publisher: Dr. Kovač
Number of Pages: 420
ISBN: 978-3-8300-6789-4
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Kinematografija u NDH

Author: Daniel Rafaelić
Date: 2013
Language: Croatian
Abstract: Hrvatska filmska povijest relativno je slabo pokrivena brojnim relevantnim izdanjima. Kinematografsko razdoblje 1941. – 1945. također je često zaobilaženo i preskakano. Po prvi put, na jednom mjestu, knjiga povjesničara filma Daniela Rafaelića donosi povijest kinematografije Nezavisne Države Hrvatske.
Detaljnom analizom svih filmova i filmskih žurnala proizvedenih u NDH kao i sintezom nekoliko tisuća pronađenih i obrađenih arhivskih dokumenata iz Zagreb, Beograda, Berlina i Rima autor knjige portretira kinematografiju satelitske države čiji se propagandni uzusi doslovno preklapaju s onima nacističke njemačke.
Series: Kultura i civilizacja
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Publisher: Naklada Ljevak
Number of Pages: 335
ISBN: 978-953-303-640-3
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Kollision der Kader. Dziga Vertovs Filme, die Visualisierung ihrer Strukturen und die Digital Humanities

Author: Adelheid Heftberger
Date: 2016
Language: German
Abstract: Dziga Vertov (1896–1954) gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Filmemacher der Sowjetunion. Adelheid Heftbergers Monografie widmet sich ausführlich und detailliert Vertovs Werk und greift dabei aktuelle Entwicklungen in den Digital Humanities auf. Die Filme Dziga Vertovs inspirieren seit ihrem Entstehen Filmemacher, Cinephile und Filmwissenschaftler. Trotz dieser Aufmerksamkeit, die das Werk des russischen Regisseurs erfahren hat, sind viele Fragen u. a. zu den dichten »Montagekonstrukten« und zur Überlieferungslage bis heute nicht beantwortet worden. Mit diesem Buch liegt nun die bisher detaillierteste Untersuchung von Vertovs Schaffen vor. Im Zentrum stehen die acht Langfilme Vertovs, aber auch seine Filmtheorie und die nicht realisierten Projekte werden besprochen. Dabei wird das Studium historischer Quellen mit quantitativer Filmanalyse und der Tradition des russischen Formalismus verbunden, und es werden Wege aufgezeigt, wie die Informatik und die Informationsvisualisierung genutzt werden können, um die Analyse von Vertovs Filmen auf eine neue Grundlage zu stellen. Damit bietet das Buch nicht nur neue Einblicke in das komplexe
Schaffen des Regisseurs, sondern greift auch aktuelle Entwicklungen in den Digital Humanities auf.
Series: Film-Erbe
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Number of Pages: 517
ISBN: 978-3-86916-463-2
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Kultura filmowa współczesnej Łodzi

Editor: Ewa Ciszewska, Konrad Klejsa
Date: 2015
Language: Polish
Abstract: „Kultura filmowa współczesnej Łodzi” jest publikacją składającą się z kilkunastu artykułów opisujących nie tyle zbiór dzieł filmowych, ale system ich produkcji i konsumpcji na przestrzeni ostatniego ćwierćwiecza (od 1989 do 2014 roku). Jak piszą redaktorzy we wstępie:
 Koncentrujemy uwagę przede wszystkim (co oznacza: nie wyłącznie) na instytucjach zajmujących się produkcją audiowizualną (dawne łódzkie wytwórnie, współcześnie działające firmy tej branży), bądź eksploatacją filmów (kina) lub jednym i drugim (telewizja). W każdym wypadku kluczem wyboru danego tematu jest koniunkcja jego medialnych  oraz geograficznych właściwości - w skrócie: jego „filmowość” i „łódzkość”.

Idąc tym tropem omówienia doczekały się m.in. Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych, Wytwórnia Filmów Oświatowych, Studio Filmowe Semafor, łódzki ośrodek TVP, Opus Film, Szkoła Filmowa czy też Muzeum Kinematografii. W publikacji nie zabrakło także opisu burzliwego konfliktu wokół festiwalu Camerimage.
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Miloš Havel - český filmový magnát

Author: Krystyna Wanatowiczová
Date: 2013
Language: Czech
Abstract: Život významného filmového producenta období první republiky a protektorátu. 

Vybudoval barrandovské ateliéry a v jeho společnosti Lucernafilm vznikly filmy jako KristianNoční motýl nebo Babička. Po válce však byl slavný strýc exprezidenta Havla byl zatracen, podobně jako jeho nejlepší přítelkyně Lída Baarová a Adina Mandlová. Kniha vychází z dosud nepublikovaných informací z rodinného archivu Havlových a německého Bundesarchivu, dokumentů StB a vzpomínek pamětníků. Obsahuje též unikátní fotografie a úryvky z návštěvních knih producentovy barrandovské vily a sídla Havlov.

Ivan Havel v předmluvě knihu charakterizoval těmito slovy: „Vznikla kniha, která je současně dokumentem, historickou monografií a strhujícím životopisným románem. Říkám-li román, nemíním tím fikce: z toho mála, u čeho byl, mohu potvrdit věcnou pravdivost výkladu a nemám problém tuto jistotu rozšířit na vše ostatní.

Dokumentární spolehlivost je ohromná věc, ale to, co na nás z knihy dýchne je věc závažnější. Dozvídáme se něco o kvalitách i záludnostech české a možná obecně lidské povahy, a to v dobách dobrých i zlých. Dozvídáme se o umění podnikatelském, které si dnes často pleteme s šikovností šejdířů. Dozvídáme se o rozdílu mezi pravou důvěrou a ošidnou důvěřivostí. Dozvídáme se o iluzích nadšenců a kličkách prospěchářů…“

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Modernizam u hrvatskom igranom filmu

Author: Tomislav Šakić
Date: 2016
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Mothers, Comrades, and Outcasts in East German Women's Film

Author: Jennifer L. Creech
Date: 2016
Language: English
Abstract: Mothers, Comrades, and Outcasts in East German Women's Film merges feminist film theory and cultural history in an investigation of “women’s films” that span the last two decades of the former East Germany. Jennifer L. Creech explores the ways in which these films functioned as an alternative public sphere where official ideologies of socialist progress and utopian collectivism could be resisted. Emerging after the infamous cultural freeze of 1965, these women’s films reveal a shift from overt political critique to a covert politics located in the intimate, problem-rich experiences of everyday life under socialism. Through an analysis of films that focus on what were perceived as “women’s concerns”—marital problems, motherhood, emancipation, and residual patriarchy—Creech argues that the female protagonist served as a crystallization of socialist contradictions. By framing their politics in terms of women’s concerns, these films used women’s desire and agency to contest the more general problems of social alienation and collectivism, and to re-imagine the possibilities of self-fulfillment under socialism.
Series: New Directions in National Cinemas
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Nationale Helden und jüdische Opfer. Tschechische Repräsentationen des Holocaust

Author: Peter Hallama
Date: 2015
Language: German
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Wurde der Holocaust in der Tschechoslowakei tatsächlich mit einem offiziellen »Tabu« belegt und die jüngste Geschichte von den kommunistischen Machthabern »konfisziert«? Viele Beobachter erklären so die nur zögerlich einsetzende und mangelnde selbstkritische Auseinandersetzung mit der Verfolgung und Ermordung der Juden in der tschechischen Gesellschaft: Die Geschichtspolitik des kommunistischen Staates trüge demnach zusammen mit dem Schweigen der jüdischen Opfer Schuld an diesem »Tabu«. Die vorliegende Studie stellt beide Vorstellungen in Frage und geht stattdessen von den jüdischen Repräsentationen des Holocaust aus. Sie untersucht so die sich wandelnden Möglichkeiten, Formen und Grenzen einer Erinnerung an die Shoah in einem kommunistischen Staat von 1945 bis in die 1990er Jahre.
Die Analyse der mannigfaltigen jüdischen Erinnerungen an den Zweiten Weltkrieg widerlegt die oft vertretene Formel vom »Tabu des Holocaust in der Tschechoslowakei« und trägt damit zu einem differenzierteren Blick auf die tschechoslowakische Erinnerungskultur bei. Dieser wirft notwendigerweise Fragen an die Mehrheitsgesellschaft in der Tschechoslowakei auf: Sind nicht – mehr als die staatliche Politik oder die kommunistische Ideologie – gesellschaftliche Einstellungen und Wahrnehmungen der Grund für die Marginalisierung des Holocaust und seine Ausklammerung aus der tschechischen Nationalgeschichte? Welche Konsequenzen haben der tschechische Nationalismus, antisemitische Stereotype und das anachronistische Festhalten an einem heroischen Geschichtsverständnis für die Erinnerung an die jüdischen Opfer des Zweiten Weltkrieges?

  
Series: Schnittstellen Studien zum östlichen und südöstlichen Europa - Band 001
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Nedeljko Dragić. Čovjek i linija

Author: Midhat Ajanović
Date: 2014
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Notes for a General History of Cinema

Author: Sergei M. Eisenstein Ed. by Naum Kleiman and Antonio Somaini
Date: 2015
Language: English
Abstract: One of the iconic directors of twentieth-century cinema, Sergei Eisenstein is best known for films such as The Battleship PotemkinAlexander Nevskii, andIvan the Terrible. His work, in turn, has inspired other great moviemakers, including Akira Kurosawa and Francis Ford Coppola.
This is the first English-language edition of Eisenstein’s recently discovered notes for a general history of the cinema, a project he undertook in the years before his death in 1948. He presents a vast genealogy of the various media and art forms that preceded cinema’s birth and accompanied the first decades of its history. Critical essays by eminent Eisenstein scholars follow his texts. Comprehensive and illuminating, this volume offers unique access to the writings of a pioneering figure in cinema.
Series: Film Theory in Media History
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Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Number of Pages: 500
ISBN: 9789089648440
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NS-Kulturpolitik im Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren. Konzepte, Praktiken, Reaktionen

Author: Volker Mohn
Date: 2014
Language: German
Abstract: Laut NS-Propaganda erlebten die Tschechen unter deutschem »Protektorat« eine »kulturelle Blütezeit«. In offiziellen Verlautbarungen hob das Besatzungsregime mit dieser Formulierung regelmäßig die angeblich großen Möglichkeiten der Künstler hervor. Derartige Behauptungen sind natürlich ins Reich der Legenden zu verweisen. Dennoch: Der tschechischen Bevölkerung verblieben gerade im kulturellen Bereich vergleichsweise große Freiräume, ihr wurde nicht nur Propaganda zugemutet und leichte Unterhaltung vorgesetzt. Die Menschen hatten weiterhin Zugang zu nationalen Klassikern.
Im Nationaltheater wurde Bedrich Smetanas »Verkaufte Braut« dargeboten, literarische Werke des 19. Jahrhunderts entwickelten sich zu Bestsellern. Auch die Mehrheit der Künstler konnte zunächst weiterarbeiten, wenn sie ihr weiteres Wirken den Vorgaben deutscher Stellen anpasste. Das Buch geht der Frage nach, aus welchen Motiven heraus sich das Besatzungsregime für diese Form der Kulturpolitik entschied. Wie systematisch waren die Maßnahmen deutscher Stellen – und gab es so etwas wie einen »kulturpolitischen Masterplan«? Zudem zeigt das Buch für die Bereiche Literatur, Theater, Film und Musik, wie tschechische Behörden, Institutionen und nicht zuletzt Künstler auf deutsche Maßnahmen reagiert haben. Dabei wird deutlich, wie schwierig es ist, deren Verhaltensmuster scheinbar eindeutigen Kategorien wie »Widerstand« oder »Kollaboration« zuzuordnen. 
Series: Veröffentlichungen zur Kultur und Geschichte im östlichen Europa
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Number of Pages: 512
ISBN: 978-3-8375-1112-3
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Od edukacji filmowej do edukacji audiowizualnej: teorie i praktyki

Editor: Ewa Ciszewska and Konrad Klejsa
Date: 2016
Language: Polish
Abstract: Tom poświęcony edukacji filmowej w Polsce ma ambicje wyczerpującego opisu najważniejszych wątków i zagadnień organizujących myślenie o edukacji filmowej w Polsce. Znajdujące się w części pierwszej teksty stawiają pytanie o modele – polskie i zagraniczne – edukacji filmowej. Rozważania zawarte w części drugiej dotyczą historycznych i aktualnych problemów i zagadnień związanych z edukacją filmową w Polsce. Autorzy stawiają pytania o doświadczenia i perspektywy edukacji filmowej w Polsce, podejmują zagadnienie kształcenia edukatorów filmowych, rozważają uwarunkowania edukacji filmowej prowadzonej w szkołach i poza nią. Ostatnia, trzecia część, dotyka konsekwencji dla edukacji filmowej  wynikających z obecności mediów cyfrowych.
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Publisher: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
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Orphans of the East. Postwar Eastern European Cinema and the Revolutionary Subject.

Author: Constantin Parvulescu
Date: 2015
Language: English
Abstract: Unlike the benevolent orphan found in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid or the sentimentalized figure of Little Orphan Annie, the orphan in postwar Eastern European cinema takes on a more politically fraught role, embodying the tensions of individuals struggling to recover from war and grappling with an unknown future under Soviet rule. By exploring films produced in postwar Hungary, the German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Poland, Parvulescu traces the way in which cinema envisioned and debated the condition of the post-World War II subject and the “new man” of Soviet-style communism. In these films, the orphan becomes a cinematic trope that interrogates socialist visions of ideological institutionalization and re-education and stands as a silent critic of the system’s shortcomings or as a resilient spirit who has resisted capture by the political apparatus of the new state.
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Number of Pages: 198
ISBN: 978-0-253-01685-0
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Ostře sledované vlaky

Director: Jiří Menzel
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Partisans in Yugoslavia. Literature, Film and Visual Culture

Editor: Miranda Jakisa and Nikica Gilic
Date: 2015
Language: English
Abstract: The ubiquitous Partisan narrative in Yugoslavia served well as founding myth of its newly united people. Its retrospective deconstruction has absorbed most of the academic attention for the Yugoslav Partisans since the break-up. This edition in contrast looks into the (hybrid) nature of partisanship itself as it appears in film, art, and literature. It explores the Partisans in Yugoslavia in Partisan novels, films, and songs, analyzes the – still ongoing – transformation process of the Partisan narrative, and reviews its transitions into popular (visual) culture.
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Publisher: transcript
Number of Pages: 382
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2522-6
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Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema: Portraying Neighbours on Screen

Editor: Ewa Mazierska, Lars Kristensen, Eva Nari
Date: 2013
Language: English
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All countries and nations are deeply affected by their neighbours and every national cinema reflects this relationship. This book explores how postcolonial approaches can 'frame' the neighbours of people living in Eastern Europe. It elucidates how the region has evolved from being a communist extension of the Soviet Union to becoming integrated into neoliberal capitalism. Drawing on classical studies of post-coloniality by Edward Said, Gayatri C. Spivak and Homi K. Bhabha, as well as the works of theorists and historians like Janusz Korek and Jaak Kangilaski, who specialise in the Eastern European variant of postcolonialism, the book demonstrates particular sensitivity to the question of genre in investigating how neighbours fit into and shape melodramas and thrillers, heritage and war films. Contributors explore a wide range of films in relation to territory, from the steppes of the East to reunified Berlin and to Albania on the Adriatic Sea and from the streets of Tallinn to the hill slopes of Transylvania.

Individual chapters situate in a new context the movies of internationally celebrated filmmakers, such as Roman Polanski, Agnieszka Holland, Nikita Mikhalkov and Jan Hrebejk, as well as introducing films by locally renowned directors, such as Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Arsen Anton Ostojic' and Leida Laius.

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Potemkin - Meisel. Edmund Meisel und die "Wiener Tonfassung" des Panzerkreuzer Potemkin von Sergej M. Eisenstein

Editor: Thomas Tode, Martin Reinhart
Date: 2015
Language: German
Abstract: Diese Ausgabe vereint neue Beiträge zu der verloren geglaubten Tonfilmfassung von Sergej M. Eisensteins legendärem Stummfilm Panzerkreuzer Potemkin aus dem Jahr 1930 und zahlreiche zeitgenössische Filmkritiken und Pressemeldungen zu Edmund Meisel, dem Komponisten der berühmt gewordenen Filmmusik.

'Man erlebt den Film, als ob man ihn jetzt zum ersten Mal sehen würde. Er wird als – ursprünglich, elementar, erstmalig – wieder in die Massen dringen. Durch die Vertonung. Durch das Interesse, das dem Tonfilm als Tonfilm entgegengebracht wird.'
Rote Fahne vom 15. August 1930
'Chöre fügen sich organisch ein, und die auch im stummen Film gewaltige Treppenszene wirkt mit den Schreien der Menge doch wohl noch aufwühlender. Soweit die Kompositionen von Edmund Meisel die Vertonung tragen, müssen wir wieder bewundern und aus vollem Herzen zustimmen.'
Lichtbild-Bühne vom 14. August 1930
'Bange atemlose Spannung: werden die anderen schießen? Die Musik steigert sich zu einem letzten Aufschrei der Erwartung … und bricht ab. Ein paar Sekunden tiefster, eindrucksvollster Stille. Dann eine Stimme: ›Die Bahn ist frei für den Panzerkreuzer Potemkin!'
Berlin am Morgen vom 19. Juli 1930

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Revisiting Footnotes. Footprints of the Recent Past in the Post-Socialist Region

Editor: Ieva Astahovska and Inga Lāce
Date: 2015
Language: English
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The publication Revisiting Footnotes. Footprints of the Recent Past in the Post-Socialist Region aims to capture and analyse the persistent Soviet era traces or references in art, public space, architecture, society, the field of collective and individual memories. Similar to footnotes in a book, the translated references – various processes, events, artefacts, symbols, systems, mythologies and nostalgias – give a kaleidoscopic commentary, elaborate and bring closer narratives about the recent past.

Editors and compilers of the publication Revisiting Footnotes. Footprints of the Recent Past in the Post-Socialist Region are Ieva Astahovska and Inga Lāce, graphic designer isMonika Grūzīte. The first part of the publication contains essays by Ieva Astahovska (LV), Ilya Budraitskis (RU), Viktorija Eksta (LV), Mārtiņš Kaprāns (LV), Inga Lāce (LV), Davor Mišković (HR), Magdalena Radomska (PL), Mykola Ridnyi (UA), Tanel Rander (EE), Slavs and Tatars (Eurasia), Tamta-Tamara Shavgulidze (GE), Margaret Tali (EE), Sophia Tabatadze (GE), Dovilė Tumpytė (LT) and Ieva Viese (LV).  There are visual materials and diagrams illustrating some of the essays using the mapping methods by Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT), Agnė Narušytė (LT) and Lina Michelkevičė (LT) and new media artists Maija Demitere (LV), Paula Vītola (LV), Krista Dintere (LV)and Rihards Vītols (LV).

The second part of the publication translates footnotes of the socialism and post-socialism through artworks exhibited in the project’s exhibitions Revisiting Footnotes in 2013 by the artists Arnis Balčus (LV), Aija Bley (LV), Marijan Crtalić (HR), Henrik Duncker (FI), Indrė Klimaitė (LT), Žilvinas Landzbergas (LT), Marge Monko (EE), Lada Nakonechna (UA), Kristina Norman (EE) and Slavs and Tatars (Eurasia).

The contributors of the publication belong to the generation that returns to the consciously forgotten socialist past, yet their interest is rather an attempt to investigate and understand the conditions of contemporary reality that are still tied with this heritage. They explore, interpret and translate this experience through both visual imprints and the interrelationships of their meanings, applying different approaches, such as documentary, reconstructive, anthropological, archival and others. They do not refrain from depicting the dramas that arose from the change of the political and economic systems, instead treating the past and the present as belonging to the same timeline, which also contains potential scenarios for the future.


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Russian Aviation, Space Flight and Visual Culture

Editor: Vlad Strukov, Helena Goscilo
Date: 2017
Language: English
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Among the many successes of the Soviet Union were inaugural space flight—ahead of the United States—and many other triumphs related to aviation. Aviators and cosmonauts enjoyed heroic status in the Soviet Union, and provided supports of the Soviet project with iconic figures which could be used to bolster the regime’s visions, self-confidence, and the image of itself as forward looking and futuristic. This book explores how the themes of aviation and space flight have been depicted in film, animation, art, architecture, and digital media. Incorporating many illustrations, the book covers a wide range of subjects, including the representations of heroes, the construction of myths, and the relationship between visual art forms and Soviet/Russian culture and society.

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Introduction

PART I - Art and Architecture

1. Ever Onwards, Ever Upwards: Representing the Aviation Hero in Soviet Art, Mike O’Mahony

2. Deineka’s Heavenly Bodies: Space, Sports, and the Sacred, Helena Goscilo

3. Comic Cosmonaut: Space Exploration and Visual Satire in Krokodil in The Thaw, John Etty

4. Flying City or Housing Freed from Gravity: Ideas of Space Travel and Internationalism in G.T. Krutikov’s City of the Future, Aleksandra Idzior

5. Neo-cosmism, Empire, and Contemporary Russian Art: Aleksei Belyaev-Gintovt, Maria Engström

PART II - Film, Animation and Computer Games

6. Special / Spatial Effects in Soviet Cinema, Birgit Beumers

7. Leaving the House of Dreams: The Myth of Flight in Russian Films of the 2000s, Julian Graffy

8. Animal Aviators: Refashioning Soviet Myths in Contemporary Russian Digital Animation, Vlad Strukov

9. Screening Aviation, Mediating Memory: Andrei Kavun’s Kandahar, Anindita Banerjee

10. Simulating Sturm und Drang: Theorizing Digital Historization, Commemoration, and Participation,Vlad Strukov


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Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond. Transnational Media During and After Socialism

Editor: Friederike Kind-Kovács
Editor: Jessica Labov
Date: 2013
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Savi ir svetimi olimpai: ekranizacijos tarp pasakojimo teorijos ir kultūros kritikos

Author: Natalija Arlauskaitė
Date: 2014
Language: Lithuanian
Abstract: Monografija nagrinėja klasikos ekranizacijas skirtingose kino tradicijose ir sąlygas, kuriomis filmo suvokimas vyksta ekranizacijos režimu arba jį blokuoja. Taip pat – literatūros ir kino hierarchijų formavimąsi ir pertvarkymą kine nuo nebyliųjų filmų iki postmodernistinių, nuo melodramų ir siaubo filmų iki nežanrinių autorinių. Knygoje analizuojami Akiros Kurosawos, Peterio Greenaway’aus, Billo Morrisono, Clarence’o Browno, Josefo von Sternbergo, Vsevolodo Pudovkino, Romano Kačianovo, Mario Bavos, Teuvo Tulio ir kitų režisierių filmai. Ji skirta visiems ir visoms, kas domisi kino, literatūros, kultūros ir vizualumo studijomis.
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Publisher: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla
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Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia

Author: Oksana Sarkisova
Date: 2016
Language: English
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Filmmakers in the early decades of the Soviet Union sought to create a cinematic map of the new state by portraying its land and peoples on screen. Such films created blueprints of the Soviet domain's scenic, cultural and ethnographic perimeters and brought together - in many ways disparate - nations under one umbrella. Categorised as kulturfilms, they served as experimental grounds for developing the cinematic formulae of a multiethnic, multinational Soviet identity. Screening Soviet Nationalities examines the non-fictional representations of Soviet borderlands from the Far North to the Northern Caucasus and Central Asia between 1925-1940. Beginning with Dziga Vertov and his vision of the Soviet space as a unified, multinational mosaic, Oksana Sarkisova rediscovers films by Vladimir Erofeev, Vladimir Shneiderov, Alexander Litvinov, Mikhail Slutskii, Amo Bek-Nazarov, Mikhail Kalatozov, Roman Karmen and other filmmakers who helped construct an image of Soviet ethnic diversity and left behind a lasting visual legacy.The book contributes to our understanding of changing ethnographic conventions of representation, looks at studies of diversity despite the homogenising ambitions of the Soviet project, and reexamines methods of blending reality and fiction as part of both ideological and educational agendas.

Using a wealth of unexplored archival evidence from the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive (RGAKFD) as well as the Gosfilmofond state film archive, Sarkisova examines constructions of exoticism, backwardness and Soviet-driven modernity through these remarkable and underexplored historical travelogues.

Publication date: December 2016

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Sincerity after Communism: A Cultural History (Eurasia Past and Present)

Author: Ellen Rutten
Date: 2017
Language: English
Abstract: A compelling study of “new sincerity” as a powerful cultural practice, born in perestroika-era Russia, and how it interconnects with global social and media flows

The global cultural practice of a “new sincerity” in literature, media, art, design, fashion, film, and architecture grew steadily in the wake of the Soviet collapse. Cultural historian Ellen Rutten traces the rise and proliferation of a new rhetoric of sincere social expression characterized by complex blends of unabashed honesty, playfulness, and irony. Insightful and thought provoking, Rutten’s masterful study of a sweeping cultural trend with roots in late Soviet Russia addresses postsocialist, postmodern, and postdigital questions of selfhood. The author explores how and why a uniquely Russian artistic and social philosophy was shaped by “cultural memory, commodification, and mediatization,” and how, under Putin, “new sincerity” talk merges with transnational pleas to “revive sincerity.” This essential study stands squarely at the intersection of the history of emotions, media studies, and post-Soviet studies to shed light on a new cultural reality—one that is profoundly affecting creative thought, artistic expression, and lifestyle virtually everywhere.
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Small Cinemas in Global Markets: Genres, Identities, Narratives

Editor: David Desser, Janina Falkowska, Lenuta G
Date: 2014
Language: English
Abstract: Small Cinemas in Global Markets addresses aspects such as identity, revisiting the past, internationalized genres, new forms of experimental cinema, markets and production, as well as technological developments of alternative small screens that open new perspectives into small cinema possibilities. Small and big markets for small industries reveal an unimagined diversification of the cultural product and consequently the need to analyze the impact at local, regional, and global levels. Much needed to continue and expand the existing scholarship in the field, this volume is based on research by authors who approach their subject from Western theoretical perspectives with a professional (mostly native) knowledge of the language, cultural realities, and film industry practices. It covers aspects from fifteen different countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, China (Hong Kong), Croatia, East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda), Greece, Indonesia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Morocco, and the United States. Since both film and documentary distribution from certain areas of the globe on international markets remains problematic, it is important for the academic field to discuss and circulate them as much as possible, and to create the basis for further exploration. Documenting and reflecting on the role, state, and reception of the film industry provides scholarly understanding to the industry’s wide range of seemingly chaotic technological transformations.
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Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema

Editor: Lilya Kaganovsky and Masha Salazkina
Date: 2014
Language: English
Abstract: This innovative volume challenges the ways we look at both cinema and cultural history by shifting the focus from the centrality of the visual and the literary toward the recognition of acoustic culture as formative of the Soviet and post-Soviet experience. Leading experts and emerging scholars from film studies, musicology, music theory, history, and cultural studies examine the importance of sound in Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet cinema from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives. Addressing the little-known theoretical and artistic experimentation with sound in Soviet cinema, changing practices of voice delivery and translation, and issues of aesthetic ideology and music theory, this book explores the cultural and historical factors that influenced the use of voice, music, and sound on Soviet and post-Soviet screens.
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Störbilder einer Diktatur. Zur subversiven fotografischen Praxis Ivan Kyncls im Kontext der tschechoslowakischen Bürgerrechtsbewegung der 1970er Jahre

Author: Heidrun Hamersky
Date: 2015
Language: German
Abstract: "Störbilder einer Diktatur" erfassen aus dem Blickwinkel des Prager Fotografen Ivan Kyncl (1953–2004) die Verfolgung und Kriminalisierung der tschechoslowakischen Bürgerrechtler/innen durch das kommunistische Regime in den 1970er Jahren. Ausgehend von der Biografie Kyncls untersucht Heidrun Hamersky dessen subversive fotografische Praxis auf dem Hintergrund der Aktivitäten der Charta 77-Mitglieder. Seine künstlerisch ambitionierten Fotografien, mit hoher Risikobereitschaft und strategischem Geschick entstanden, sind bedeutende visuelle Zeugnisse des Widerstands gegen die Unterdrückung der Meinungsfreiheit in der ČSSR in den Jahren 1968 bis 1989. 
Die Studie enthält einzigartige Gefängnisbilder, Szenen aus dem konspirativen Alltag der Bürgerrechtler/innen, Einblicke in Gerichtsprozesse wie auch Porträts der Chartisten, die die Autorin einer eingehenden zeit- und kunsthistorischen Analyse unterzieht."Störbilder einer Diktatur" erfassen aus dem Blickwinkel des Prager Fotografen Ivan Kyncl (1953–2004) die Verfolgung und Kriminalisierung der tschechoslowakischen Bürgerrechtler/innen durch das kommunistische Regime in den 1970er Jahren. Ausgehend von der Biografie Kyncls untersucht Heidrun Hamersky dessen subversive fotografische Praxis auf dem Hintergrund der Aktivitäten der Charta 77-Mitglieder. Seine künstlerisch ambitionierten Fotografien, mit hoher Risikobereitschaft und strategischem Geschick entstanden, sind bedeutende visuelle Zeugnisse des Widerstands gegen die Unterdrückung der Meinungsfreiheit in der ČSSR in den Jahren 1968 bis 1989. 
Die Studie enthält einzigartige Gefängnisbilder, Szenen aus dem konspirativen Alltag der Bürgerrechtler/innen, Einblicke in Gerichtsprozesse wie auch Porträts der Chartisten, die die Autorin einer eingehenden zeit- und kunsthistorischen Analyse unterzieht.
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Světy na pokračování. Rozbor možností seriálového vyprávění

Author: Radomír D. Kokeš
Date: 2016
Language: Czech
Abstract: Každý den čteme, posloucháme či sledujeme všeliká vyprávění na pokračování, která se vracejí k týmž postavám, příběhům či světům. Jak jsou vystavěna? Kterak vedou naši pozornost? Lze jim vůbec porozumět coby samostatným dílům? Odpovědi hledá filmový teoretik Radomír D. Kokeš (autor knihy Rozbor filmu) na příkladu televizních seriálů, jež vysvětluje právě skrze jejich vnitřní uspořádání, práci s divákem a hledání jednotného přístupu k různorodým dílům. Výklad je rozdělen do tří oddílů a jeho názornost posiluje množství rozmanitých příkladů, dílčích rozborů i rozsáhlejších podrobných analýz seriálů, které čtenář zná či možná bude chtít poznat. Kniha Světy na pokračování nabízí zcela nový pohled na fenomén seriálového vyprávění, jímž může zaujmout odborníky stejně jako fanoušky.
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Szerző a tükörben - Szerzőiség és önreflexió a filmművészetben

Author: Vincze Teréz
Date: 2013
Language: Hungarian
Abstract: Az 1990-es évektől kezdődően a nemzetközi filmművészetben megjelent a szerzőiség (a rendező mint individuális alkotó egyéniség koncepciója) és az önreflexivitás összefonódásának néhány különösen érdekes változata, melyek bizonyos esetekben egy stílusirányzat alapját képezték, illetve egy-egy alkotói életművet átfogóan meghatározó jelenséggé váltak. Jelen kötet kísérletet tesz arra, hogy bemutassa, e kortárs filmművészeti jelenségek között vannak olyanok, melyek esetében szerzőiség és önreflexió kapcsolata a filmtörténetben máshol nem tapasztalható módon és jelentéstartalommal tűnik fel, ami együtt jár a filmszerzői pozíció újfajta értelmezésének lehetőségével. Ennek az egyedi jelenségnek a bemutatása érdekében Vincze Teréz először a filmi önreflexió és a filmszerző fogalmának összekapcsolásával és párhuzamos vizsgálatával egy olyan filmelméleti és - történeti rendszert vázol fel, melynek segítségével kidomboríthatóvá válik e kortárs jelenség egyedisége. Majd pedig ezen újszerű tendencia alaposabb bemutatása érdekében a kortárs iráni film és Michael Haneke példáját vizsgálja, aminek során filmelemzésekkel és életmű-értelmezésekkel támasztja alá az elméleti és történeti részben felvázolt gondolatmenetet. Vincze Teréz filmesztéta, filmkritikus, a Metropolis filmelméleti és filmtörténeti folyóirat szerkesztője, az ELTE Bölcsészettudományi Kar Filmtudomány Tanszékének adjunktusa.
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Tangenten. Holocaust und jüdisches Leben im Spiegel audiovisueller Medien der SBZ und der DDR 1946 bis 1990 – Eine Dokumentation

Author: Elke Schieber
Date: 2016
Language: German
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Die DDR gründete ihre Legitimation wesentlich auf den von ihr praktizierten Antifaschismus und die damit verbundene Vorstellung einer Bewältigung der Vergangenheit. Auch in den Massenmedien Film und Fernsehen spielte das eine bedeutende Rolle.
Die vorliegende Dokumentation widmet sich der Darstellung von jüdischem Leben, Judenverfolgung, Antisemitismus, den Spuren der Vergangenheit in der Gegenwart sowie den Entwicklungen im Nahen Osten – insbesondere dem Israel-Palästina-Konflikt – in Kino und Fernsehen der DDR. Die kommentierte Materialsammlung verdeutlicht, welche Wurzeln, Strategien, Variablen und Konstanten es in den audiovisuellen Medien in Bezug auf diese Themen gab.
Zu jedem Film, jeder Fernsehsendung enthält der Band Angaben über Inhalte und Mitwirkende, auch über Personen aus Politik und Geschichte, die in den Filmen oder Sendungen vorkommen, angesprochen werden. Spiel-, Trick- und Dokumentarfilme der DEFA und des DDR-Fernsehens werden gleichrangig behandelt, publizistische Fernsehsendungen, Wochenschauen und Fernseh-Magazine sind mit vielen Literaturhinweisen einbezogen. Hinzu kommen Kurzbiografien von deutsch-jüdischen Künstlern, Autoren, Journalisten oder Personen in leitenden Funktionen, die an den Filmen und Sendungen mitgewirkt haben oder deren Gegenstand sind.

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Tarkovski. Filmul ca rugăciune. O poetică a sacrului în cinematograful lui Andrei Tarkovski

Author: Elena Dulgheru
Date: 2014
Language: Romanian
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Technologien der Seele - Vom Verfertigen der Wahrheit in der russischen Gegenwartskultur

Author: Ulrich Schmid
Date: 2015
Language: German
Abstract: Inhalt

Russlands Politik gegen innere und äußere »Feinde« hält die Welt in Atem. »Wir brauchen Filme, Bücher, Ausstellungen, Videospiele, patriotisches Internet, Radio, Fernsehen. Wir müssen einen Gegenangriff starten in diesem Krieg um die Seelen«, hieß es im Januar 2015 auf einer kremlnahen Website. Polittechnologen und Medienschaffende, Künstler und Schriftsteller arbeiten daran, Russland seine Größe, den Bürgern ihren Nationalstolz zurückzugeben. Welcher Mechanismen bedienen sie sich? Wo wächst Widerstand gegen ihre Manipulationen? Innenansichten einer Gesellschaft, die ihren Nachbarn immer rätselhafter wird.

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The Alexander Medvedkin Reader

Translator: Nikita Lary and Jay Leyda
Date: 2016
Language: English
Abstract: Filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin (1900–89), a contemporary of Sergei Eisenstein and Alexander Dovzhenko, is celebrated today for his unique form of “total” documentary cinema, which aimed to bridge the distance between film and life, as well as for his use of satire during a period when the Soviet authorities preferred that laughter be confined to narrowly prescribed channels. This collection of selected writings by Medvedkin is the first of its kind and reveals how his work is a crucial link in the history of documentary film.

Although he was a dedicated Communist, Medvedkin’s satirical approach and social critiques ultimately led to his suppression by the Soviet regime. State institutions held back or marginalized his work, and for many years, his films were assumed to have been lost or destroyed. These texts, many assembled for this volume by Medvedkin himself, document for the first time his considerable achievements, experiments in film and theater, and attempts to develop satire as a major Soviet film genre. Through scripts, letters, autobiographical writings, and more, we see a Medvedkin supported and admired by figures like Eisenstein, Dovzhenko, and Maxim Gorky.
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The Chaplin Machine. Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde

Author: Owen Hatherley
Date: 2016
Language: English
Abstract: Could Buster Keaton have starred in Battleship Potemkin?

Did Trotsky plan to write the great Soviet comedy?

And why did Lenin love circus clowns?

The Chaplin Machine reveals the lighter side of the Communist avant-garde and, in particular, its unlikely passion for American slapstick.

Set against the backdrop of the great Russian revolutionary experiment, Owen Hatherley tells the tragic-comedic story of the cinema, art and architecture of the early 20th Century and spotlights the unlikely intersections of East and West.
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Publisher: Pluto Press
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The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov. Figures of Paradox

Author: Jeremi Szaniawski
Date: 2014
Language: English
Abstract: One of the last representatives of a brand of serious, high-art cinema, Alexander Sokurov has produced a massive oeuvre exploring issues such as history, power, memory, kinship, death, the human soul, and the responsibility of the artist. Through contextualization and close readings of each of his feature fiction films (broaching many of his documentaries in the process), this volume unearths a vision of Sokurov's films as equally mournful and passionate, intellectual, and sensual, and also identifies in them a powerful, if discursively repressed, queer sensitivity, alongside a pattern of tensions and paradoxes. This book thus offers new keys to understand the lasting and ever-renewed appeal of the Russian director's Janus-like and surprisingly dynamic cinema – a deeply original and complex body of work in dialogue with the past, the present and the future.
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The Cinema of the Soviet Thaw. Space, Materiality, Movement

Author: Lida Oukaderova
Date: 2017
Language: English
Abstract: Following Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953, the Soviet Union experienced a dramatic resurgence in cinematic production. The period of the Soviet Thaw became known for its relative political and cultural liberalization; its films, formally innovative and socially engaged, were swept to the center of international cinematic discourse. In The Cinema of the Soviet Thaw, Lida Oukaderova provides an in-depth analysis of several Soviet films made between 1958 and 1967 to argue for the centrality of space—as both filmic trope and social concern—to Thaw-era cinema. Opening with a discussion of the USSR’s little-examined late-fifties embrace of panoramic cinema, the book pursues close readings of films by Mikhail Kalatozov, Georgii Danelia, Larisa Shepitko and Kira Muratova, among others. It demonstrates that these directors’ works were motivated by an urge to interrogate and reanimate spatial experience, and through this project to probe critical issues of ideology, social progress, and subjectivity within post–Stalinist culture.
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The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and Russia. Between Pain and Pleasure

Editor: Ewa Mazierska
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Editor: Elzbieta Ostrowska
Date: 2016
Language: English
Abstract: A critical exploration of the human body in Eastern European and Russian film

Bringing together a range of theoretical and critical approaches, this edited collection is the first book to examine representations of the body in Eastern European and Russian cinema after the Second World War. Drawing on the history of the region, as well as Western and Eastern scholarship on the body, the book focuses on three areas: the traumatized body, the body as a site of erotic pleasure, and the relationship between the body and history. Critically dissecting the different ideological and aesthetic ways human bodies are framed, The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and Russia also demonstrates how bodily discourses oscillate between complicity and subversion, and how they shaped individuals and societies both during and after the period of state socialism.

Case studies include:
  • Andrzej Wajda’s War Trilogy
  • Béla Tarr’s Satantango
  • Wiktor Grodecki
  • Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s 4
  • Györgi Pálfi‘s Taxidermia
  • Czechoslovak New Wave
  • Yugoslav Socialist Realism
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The Dodals: Pioneers of Czech Animated Film

Author: Eva Strusková
Date: 2014
Language: English
Abstract: Today, Czechoslovakia is famous for its unique tradition of animated film. Standing at the very beginning of this tradition is Karel Dodal (1900-1986), who, in collaboration with his wives Hermína Dodalová (née T rlová) and, later, Irena Dodalová (née Leschnerová), made the very first Czech animations, starting with 1927's Felix the Cat Receives a Lesson. The Dodals' marvelous short films range from abstract animations to works made with intimate little sets that vividly convey the ways in which Czechoslovakia's rich culture of puppetry influenced its animation (as instanced by the films of Jan Svankmajer). This attractively designed and abundantly illustrated biography of the Dodals traces their career from its outset, in the 1920s, through their wartime exiles in Paris, Minneapolis (Karel Dodal taught at Minnesota University), New York and Argentina as well as looking at their contemporaries. It includes a DVD featuring 28 restored and digitized films along with documentation on the Dodals themselves.
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The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich

Author: Joan Titus
Date: 2016
Language: English
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In the late 1920s, Dmitry Shostakovich emerged as one of the first Soviet film composers. With his first score for the silent film New Babylon (1928-29) and the many sound scores that followed, he was situated to observe and participate in the changing politics of the film industry and negotiate the role of the film composer. In The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich, author Joan Titus examines the relationship between musical narration, audience, filmmaker, and composer in six of Shostakovich's early film scores, from 1928 through 1936. Titus engages with the construct of Soviet intelligibility, the filmmaking and scoring processes, and the cultural politics of scoring Soviet film music, asking how listeners hear and see Shostakovich. The discussions of the scores are enriched by the composer's own writing on film music, along with archival materials and recently discovered musical manuscripts that illuminate the collaborative processes of the film teams, studios, and composer. The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich commingles film/media studies, musicology, and Russian studies , and is sure to be of interest to a wide audience including those in music studies, film/media scholars, and Slavicists.

  • First in-depth study of scores from Shostakovich's early film music
  • Utilizes extensive archival materials, including newly discovered musical manuscripts
  • Combines musicology, film studies, and Russian studies for a unique interdisciplinary approach


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The Ethnic Avant-Garde. Minority Cultures and World Revolution

Author: Steven S. Lee
Date: 2015
Language: English
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During the 1920s and 1930s, American minority artists and writers collaborated extensively with the Soviet avant-garde, seeking to build a revolutionary society that would end racial discrimination and advance progressive art. Making what Claude McKay called "the magic pilgrimage" to the Soviet Union, these intellectuals placed themselves at the forefront of modernism, using radical cultural and political experiments to reimagine identity and decenter the West.

Shining rare light on these efforts, The Ethnic Avant-Garde makes a unique contribution to interwar literary, political, and art history, drawing extensively on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde." These writers and artists cohered around distinct forms that mirrored Soviet techniques of montage, fragment, and interruption. They orbited interwar Moscow, where the international avant-garde converged with the Communist International.

The book explores Vladimir Mayakovsky's 1925 visit to New York City via Cuba and Mexico, during which he wrote Russian-language poetry in an "Afro-Cuban" voice; Langston Hughes's translations of these poems while in Moscow, which he visited to assist on a Soviet film about African American life; a futurist play condemning Western imperialism in China, which became Broadway's first major production to feature a predominantly Asian American cast; and efforts to imagine the Bolshevik Revolution as Jewish messianic arrest, followed by the slow political disenchantment of the New York Intellectuals. Through an absorbing collage of cross-ethnic encounters that also include Herbert Biberman, Sergei Eisenstein, Paul Robeson, and Vladimir Tatlin, this work remaps global modernism along minority and Soviet-centered lines, further advancing the avant-garde project of seeing the world anew.

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The Legacies of Totalitarianism. A Theoretical Framework

Author: Aviezer Tucker
Date: 2015
Language: English
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The first political theory of post-Communism examines its implications for understanding liberty, rights, transitional justice, property rights, privatization, rule of law, centrally planned public institutions, and the legacies of totalitarian thought in language and discourse. The transition to post-totalitarianism was the spontaneous adjustment of the rights of the late-totalitarian elite to its interest. Post-totalitarian governments faced severe scarcity in the supply of justice. Rough justice punished the perpetrators and compensated their victims. Historical theories of property rights became radical, and consequentialist theories, conservative. Totalitarianism in Europe disintegrated but did not end. The legacies of totalitarianism in higher education met New Public Management, totalitarian central planning under a new label. Totalitarianism divorced language from reality through the use of dialectics that identified opposites and the use of logical fallacies to argue for ideological conclusions. This book illustrates these legacies in the writings of Habermas, Derrida, and Žižek about democracy, personal responsibility, dissidence, and totalitarianism.

  • Presents a new theory of post-totalitarianism
  • Integrates political philosophy and theory with comparative politics
  • Offers a new theory and interpretation of post-totalitarian transitional justice
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The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution

Author: Guntis Smidchens
Date: 2013
Language: English
Abstract: The Power of Song shows how the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania confronted a military superpower and achieved independence in the Baltic “Singing Revolution.” When attacked by Soviet soldiers in public displays of violent force, singing Balts maintained faith in nonviolent political action. More than 110 choral, rock, and folk songs are translated and interpreted in poetic, cultural, and historical context.
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The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde. Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia

Author: Irina Sirotkina, Roger Smith
Date: 2017
Language: English
Abstract: The touch and movement senses have a large place in the modern arts. This is widely discussed and celebrated, often enough as if it represents a breakthrough in a primarily visual age. This book turns to history to show just how significant movement and the sense of movement were to pioneers of modernism at the turn of the 20th century. It makes this history vivid through a picture of movement in the lives of an extraordinary generation of Russian artists, writers, theatre people and dancers bridging the last years of the tsars and the Revolution. Readers will gain a new perspective on the relation between art and life in the period 1890-1920 in great innovators like the poets Mayakovsky and Andrei Bely, the theatre director Meyerhold, the dancer Isadora Duncan and the young men and women in Russia inspired by her lead, and esoteric figures like Gurdjieff. 

Movement, and the turn to the body as a source of natural knowledge, was at the centre of idealistic creativity and hopes for a new age, for a 'new man', and this was true both for those who looked forward to the technology of the future and those who looked back to the harmony of Ancient Greece. The book weaves history and analysis into a colourful, thoughtful affirmation of movement in the expressive life. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-sixth-sense-of-the-avant-garde-9781350014336/#sthash.5lDxhlG0.dpuf
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Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures. From the Bad to the Blasphemous

Editor: Yana Hashamova
Editor: Beth Holmgren
Editor: Mark Lipovetsky
Date: 2017
Language: English
Abstract: Investigating the genesis of the prosecuted "crimes" and implied sins of the female performing group Pussy Riot,the most famous Russian feminist collective to date, the essays in Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures: From the Bad to Blasphemous examine what constitutes bad social and political behavior for women in Russia, Poland, and the Balkans, and how and to what effect female performers, activists, and fictional characters have indulged in such behavior. The chapters in this edited collection argue against the popular perceptions of Slavic cultures as overwhelmingly patriarchal and Slavic women as complicit in their own repression, contextualizing proto-feminist and feminist transgressive acts in these cultures. Each essay offers a close reading of the transgressive texts that women authored or in which they figured, showing how they navigated, targeted, and, in some cases, co-opted these obstacles in their bid for agency and power. Topics include studies of how female performers in Poland and Russia were licensed to be bad (for effective comedy and popular/box office appeal), analyses of how women in film and fiction dare sacrilegious behavior in their prescribed roles as daughters and mothers, and examples of feminist political subversion through social activism and performance art.
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TV Socialism

Author: Anikó Imre
Date: 2016
Language: English
Abstract: In TV Socialism, Anikó Imre provides an innovative history of television in socialist Europe during and after the Cold War. Rather than uniform propaganda programming, Imre finds rich evidence of hybrid aesthetic and economic practices, including frequent exchanges within the region and with Western media, a steady production of varied genre entertainment, elements of European public service broadcasting, and transcultural, multi-lingual reception practices. These televisual practices challenge conventional understandings of culture under socialism, divisions between East and West, and the divide between socialism and postsocialism. Taking a broad regional perspective encompassing Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, Imre foregrounds continuities between socialist television and the region’s shared imperial histories, including the programming trends, distribution patterns, and reception practices that extended into postsocialism. Television, she argues, is key to understanding European socialist cultures and to making sense of developments after the end of the Cold War and the enduring global legacy of socialism.
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U zrcalu kulturalnog ekrana. Jagoda Kaloper

Author: Leonida Kovač
Date: 2013
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Vid avantgardets korsvägar. Om Ivan Aksionov och den ryska modernismen

Author: Lars Kleberg
Date: 2015
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Visualizing Jews Through the Ages Literary and Material Representations of Jewishness and Judaism

Editor: Hannah Ewence, Helen Spurling
Date: 2015
Language: English
Abstract: This volume explores literary and material representations of Jews, Jewishness and Judaism from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Gathering leading scholars from within the field of Jewish Studies, it investigates how the debates surrounding literary and material images within Judaism and in Jewish life are part of an on-going strategy of image management - the urge to shape, direct, authorize and contain Jewish literary and material images and encounters with those images - a strategy both consciously and unconsciously undertaken within multifarious arenas of Jewish life from early modern German lands to late twentieth-century North London, late Antique Byzantium to the curation of contemporary Holocaust exhibitions.
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Yellow-Star Houses of Budapest, 1944-2014

Contributor: Open Society Archives, Budapest
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Антифотография 2

Author: Елена Петровская
Date: 2015
Language: Russian
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В книге на примере фотографии автор предлагает свой подход к анализу визуальных образов. Фотография рассматривается не как эстетический объект и не в качестве системы знаков, подлежащих дешифровке. Акцент переносится на то, что не поддается мгновенному схватыванию и обнаружению, а проявляет себя косвенно через «узнавание», основанное на аффективной общности с другими, и «документальность», утверждающую коллективную память на месте утраченного или не состоявшегося индивидуального воспоминания.

В исследовании на материале фотографий С. Шерман и Б. Михайлова, поляроидов А. Тарковского и др. показано, как сама техника производства изображения фиксирует уже изменившимися те «структуры чувства» и отношения в обществе, которые не постигаются с помощью привычного нам мыслительного аппарата. Обозначаются точки пересечения современного искусства и политики по линии выявления демократического потенциала, который в обоих случаях не связан с «представлением»: с одной стороны, это вызов устоявшейся логике изображения, с другой – политическому представительству, которое всегда воплощалось в фигуре посредника.

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Антропологија американизације Холокауста

Author: Данило Трбојевић
Date: 2013
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Блокада в слове: Очерки критической теории и биополитики языка

Author: Ирина Сандомирская
Date: 2013
Language: Russian
Abstract: Режим письма, характерный для сталинского периода, — будь то художественные, публицистические, философско-теоретические, официально-идеологические или автобиографические тексты — несет на себе следы телесности, деформированной войнами, террором, голодом и масштабными административными  манипуляциями. Предлагаемый в книге подход к этим текстам объединяет в себе решение двух взаимосвязанных герменевтических задач. Первая представляет собой попытку теоретического осмысления писательских и читательских стратегий в условиях сталинской биополитики. Вторая заключается в стремлении по-новому связать советскую интеллектуальную традицию с современным ей европейским теоретическим контекстом. Книга открывается и закрывается двумя эссе о слепоглухоте и  советской слепоглухой писательнице Ольге Скороходовой. При этом слепоглухота рассматривается как аллегория сталинского письма в целом, а опыт самостоятельного изобретения «слепоглухого» языка — как пример преодоления этого режима письма.
Series: Интеллектуальная история
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Вопрос о вещи: Опыты по аналитической антропологии

Author: Валерий Подорога
Date: 2016
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Восстание фантазмов: Сталинская эпоха в постсоветском кино

Author: Александр Якобидзе-Гитман
Date: 2015
Language: Russian
Abstract: В своей книге автор стремится проследить эволюцию отношения к сталинизму в постсоветском кино. Вначале кинематографисты лишь воскрешали «демонические» атрибуты Сталина, которыми его наделили еще при жизни. К середине 2000-х началось конструирование новой мифологемы, в рамках которой сталинская эпоха изображалась и как трагическая, и как героическая, когда люди проявляли свои лучшие качества и были необычайно человечны, трагические же аспекты затушевывались. В итоге установилась ироническая дистанция по отношению к сталинизму, реликты этой эпохи вписываются сейчас в контекст массовой культуры. Авторское кино пошло по другому пути: вместо попыток реконструировать историю оно стало искать особые выразительные средства для представления самого процесса воспоминания. - See more at: http://www.nlobooks.ru/node/6176#sthash.AgyGxVCB.AUddF9AY.dpuf
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Голос как культурный феномен

Author: Оксана Булгакова
Date: 2015
Language: Russian
Abstract: Книга Оксаны Булгаковой «Голос как культурный феномен» посвящена анализу восприятия и культурного бытования голосов с середины XIX века до конца XX-го. Рассматривая различные аспекты голосовых практик (в оперном и драматическом театре, на политической сцене, в кинематографе и т.д.), а также исторические особенности восприятия, автор исследует динамику отношений между натуральным и искусственным (механическим, электрическим, электронным) голосом в культурах разных стран. Особенно по­дробно она останавливается на своеобразии русского понимания голоса. Оксана Булгакова — киновед, исследователь визуальной культуры, профессор Университета Иоганнеса Гутенберга в Майнце, автор вышедших в издательстве «Новое литературное обозрение» книг «Фабрика жестов» (2005), «Советский слухоглаз — фильм и его органы чувств» (2010).
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Живое слово: логос — голос — движение — жест: Сборник статей и материалов

Editor: В.В. Фещенко и др.
Date: 2015
Language: Russian
Abstract: В сборнике публикуются материалы конференции, посвященной «живому слову» в различных областях культуры и творчества. Авторы статей — исследователи и практики живого слова: лингвисты, поэты, исполнители и собиратели звуковой поэзии, специалисты по выразительному чтению и движению, театроведы, психологи, музыковеды, историки науки. Сборник охватывает широкий круг тем — от глоссолалии и звуковой поэзии до выразительного движения и биомеханики экспрессивного жеста, от теорий музыкальной и речевой интонации до исследований пластического в слове, от перформативности высказывания до театральной антропологии и психологии игры актера. Тем не менее у проблематики материалов есть свой центр: вопрос о том, что именно делает слово живым, что превращает застывшее, зафиксированное на бумаге слово в эмоциональный акт, личностное событие, жизненный поступок и творческий эксперимент.
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Империя света: фотография как визуальная практика эпохи «современности»

Author: Оксана Гавришина
Date: 2011
Language: Russian
Abstract: Оксана Гавришина – историк культуры, доцент кафедры истории и теории культуры РГГУ. Книга “Империя света “ составлена из ее статей 2002—2010 годов и посвящена условиям фотографического “видения” — разноплановым, исторически обусловленным и обнаруживаемым внутри самой фотографии, а не в сопутствующих ей текстах. Способность фотографии раскрывать и демонстрировать собственные основания — главная тема, объединяющая вошедшие в книгу очерки и эссе. - See more at: http://www.nlobooks.ru/node/411#sthash.reVUmYl2.tbEklcfe.dpuf
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Интермедиальность в русской культуре. От символизма к авангарду

Author: Оге А. Ханзен-Леве
Date: 2016
Language: Russian
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Настоящая книга стоит в контексте работ о символизме, формализме, неопримитизме и футуризме известного слависта, профессора Мюнхенского и Венского университетов Оге А. Ханзена-Лёве. В центре её внимания - теория интермедиальных корреляций между разнородными видами искусства и литературы. Обсуждаются главные интермедиальные концепты и термины периода символизма и авангарда, как например, иллюстрация, рождение трагедии из духа музыки (Ницше), апполински-возвышенное, эстетика "калиптики" у Мандельштама и Набокова, заумная поэзия и заумная живопись, беспредметность в изобразительном искусстве и в поэзии, вещизм, фактура, сдвиг, доминанта, и интермедиальность между авангардом и соцреализмом, медиаискусство в концептуализме 1970-1990-х гг. и мн. др.

 

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Искусство книги в контексте культуры 1920-х годов

Author: Дмитрий Фомин
Date: 2015
Language: Russian
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Мо­но­гра­фия по­свя­ще­на од­но­му из са­мых зна­чи­тель­ных и пло­до­твор­ных пе­ри­о­дов в ис­то­рии оте­че­ствен­но­го и ев­ро­пей­ско­го ис­кус­ства кни­ги. Твор­че­ство ди­зай­не­ров, ил­лю­стра­то­ров, из­да­те­лей, ти­по­гра­фов 1920-х рас­смат­ри­ва­ет­ся в ши­ро­ком куль­тур­ном кон­тек­сте эпо­хи: со­по­став­ля­ют­ся про­грам­мы тра­ди­ци­о­на­ли­стов и но­ва­то­ров, до­сти­же­ния ве­ду­щих оте­че­ствен­ных и за­ру­беж­ных ма­сте­ров, про­из­ве­де­ния хре­сто­ма­тий­ные и по­чти не­из­вест­ные со­вре­мен­но­му чи­та­те­лю.

Ав­тор ана­ли­зи­ру­ет не толь­ко кон­крет­ные офор­ми­тель­ские ра­бо­ты, но и сти­ле­вые тен­ден­ции, суж­де­ния тео­ре­ти­ков, де­я­тель­ность ве­ду­щих учеб­ных цен­тров, го­то­вив­ших ху­дож­ни­ков кни­ги. Осо­бен­но по­дроб­но ис­сле­ду­ет­ся про­бле­ма вза­и­мо­вли­я­ния книж­ной гра­фи­ки и дру­гих ви­дов ис­кус­ства. Ис­поль­зо­ван ряд ар­хив­ных ис­точ­ни­ков, не вво­див­ших­ся преж­де в на­уч­ный обо­рот. Со­про­вож­да­ю­щие текст ил­лю­стра­ции да­ют пред­став­ле­ние о раз­ных на­прав­ле­ни­ях книж­но­го ди­зай­на 1920-х.

Мо­но­гра­фия ад­ре­со­ва­на кни­го­ве­дам, ис­кус­ство­ве­дам, ис­то­ри­кам, куль­ту­ро­ло­гам, биб­лио­фи­лам, ху­дож­ни­кам и всем, ин­те­ре­су­ю­щим­ся ис­кус­ством кни­ги.

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Людина з кіноапаратом / Man with a Movie Camera

Director: Dziga Vertov
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Мужчина и женщина: тело, мода, культура. СССР — оттепель

Author: Наталия Лебина
Date: 2017
Language: Russian
Abstract: Исследование доктора исторических наук Наталии Лебиной посвящено гендерному фону хрущевских реформ, то есть взаимоотношениям мужчин и женщин в период частичного разрушения тоталитарных моделей брачно-семейных отношений, отцовства и материнства, сексуального поведения. В центре внимания — пересечения интимной и публичной сферы: как директивы власти сочетались с кинематографом и литературой в своем воздействии на частную жизнь, почему и когда повседневность с готовностью откликалась на законодательные инициативы, как язык реагировал на социальные изменения, наконец, что такое феномен свободы, одобренной сверху и возникшей на фоне этакратической модели устройства жизни. - See more at: http://www.nlobooks.ru/node/7756#sthash.svq5YJI9.dpuf
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Publisher: Новое литературное обозрение
Number of Pages: 208
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Навесні / In Spring

Director: Mikhail Kaufman
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О фильмах дальней и ближней Азии: Разборы, портреты, интервью

Author: Сергей Анашкин
Date: 2015
Language: Russian
Abstract: В последние десятилетия азиатские фильмы регулярно получают призы на ведущих кинофестивалях — в Каннах, Венеции, Берлине. Автор книги, известный кинокритик Сергей Анашкин пытается выяснить, благодаря чему кинематограф Азии занял лидирующие позиции. В книге рассматриваются новейшие тенденции в развитии кино Китая, Кореи, Японии, Таиланда, Казахстана и других стран, анализируется творчество Вон Карвая, Цай Минляна, Такаси Миике, Ким Ки Дока, Эдварда Янга, Апичатпонга Вирасетакуна и других известных современных режиссеров.
Series: Кинотексты
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Publisher: Новое литературное обозрение
Number of Pages: 296
ISBN: 978-5-4448-0281-6
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Пристань Диониса. Книга Анны.

Author: Михаил Рыклин
Date: 2013
Language: Russian
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Place: Москва
Publisher: Логос
Number of Pages: 256
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Советский мир в открытке

Author: Ольга Шабурова
Date: 2017
Language: Russian
Abstract: Книга Ольги Шабуровой представляет еще один срез в анализе советского. Обращаясь к советской повседневности, автор рассматривает практику поздравления, вписанную в праздничные советские ритуалы. Советский человек представлен здесь в модусе радости и надежды, а сам послевоенный (послесталинский) период советской жизни обозначен как «советский мир». Массовая практика открыточного поздравления позволяет рассмотреть целую систему советских символов, представленную в полном объеме в открыточном потоке, и обратиться к содержанию персональных посланий, выражающих основы советской идентичности. Потоки открыточной коммуникации покрывают все пространство страны, включают все слои и группы советского общества, демонстрируя при этом интересные дифференциации: отношения города и деревни, связь героического и лирического, корреляцию общественного (коллективного) и частного в советском мире. Простодушие и наивность, выраженные через сентиментальный дискурс открытки, своеобразно сочетаются с идеологическим каркасом общества. Анализ уходящей практики открыточного поздравления оказывается актуальным в свете таких явлений, как «смерть бумаги» и конец бумажной почты. Материальность и чувственность советской открытки привлекает сегодня многих, она активно встроена в коммерциализацию ностальгии, — и автор, используя материал собственной коллекции и личные архивы, раскрывает природу привлекательности этого феномена
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Place: Екатеринбург
Publisher: Кабинетный ученый
Number of Pages: 328
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Телесность — Идеология — Кинематограф: Визуальный канон и советская повседневность

Author: Татьяна Дашкова
Date: 2013
Language: Russian
Abstract: Сборник статей Т. Дашковой посвящен главным образом изучению визуальных репрезентаций тела в советской культуре. Фотографии в массовых журналах и кинофильмы рассматриваются автором не столько как «произведения искусства», сколько как «культурные объекты», несущие в себе следы социальных и исторических обстоятельств, идеологической конъюнктуры, культурного контекста, модных тенденций и т.п. В статьях о кино прослеживается, как на разных уровнях (сюжетном, персонажном, изобразительном) кинематограф проблематизирует те или иные черты советской модернизации, формирует образцы для подражания и стереотипы повседневного поведения. - See more at: http://www.nlobooks.ru/node/3156#sthash.ANn0wsRC.ErpryoIx.dpuf
Series: Кинотексты
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Publisher: Новое литературное обозрение
Number of Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-5-4448-0062-5
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Хлiб / Bread

Director: Mikola Shpikovs'kii
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Что остается от искусства

Editor: Олег Аронсон, Елена Петровская
Date: 2015
Language: Russian
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Институт проблем современного искусства представляет новую книгу Олега Аронсона и Елены Петровской "Что остается от искусства". Издание представляет собой второй том "Трудов ИПСИ" - коллекции книг, составленных из лекций, статей и докладов преподавателей Института.

 Сборником статей Олега Аронсона и Елены Петровской ИПСИ продолжает знакомить отечественную художественную общественность с трудами своих преподавателей, посвященными актуальным проблемам современного искусства и тем направлениям в философии ХХ века, которые исследуют цели и смыслы эстетических практик. Обсуждение тем, которые затрагивают в своих статьях и диалогах Олег Аронсон и Елена Петровская, помогают читателю осознанно интерпретировать актуальную художественную проблематику в контексте кризиса основ неолиберального капитализма.
Series: Труды ИПСИ. Том II
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Щаблі демократії / Levels of Democracy

Director: Various
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