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Ästhetiken des Sozialismus: Populäre Bildmedien im späten Sozialismus

Editor: Alexandra Köhring
Date: 2018
Language: German
Abstract: Sozialistische Bildkulturen gingen über die politische Ikonografie weit hinaus: Jenseits von Hammer und Sichel, roten Bannern oder stilisierten Lenin-Portraits konnten sie Normalität herstellen und integrativ wirken, Identität stiften, aber auch subversiv sein. Bilder banden die Bevölkerung emotional an das System. Der Sammelband behandelt unterschiedliche populäre Medien aus dem späten Sozialismus: Bildpostkarten, Verpackungen, Schaufensterdekorationen und andere alltägliche Bildformen. Die Beiträge beschreiben Spannungsfelder zwischen dem politischen Programm einer einheitlichen sozialistischen Hemisphäre und den visuellen Brüchen in der kulturellen und sozialen Praxis. Ein Glossar erläutert zentrale ästhetische Leitbegriffe.
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Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Köln
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-3-412-50574-5
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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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Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Number of Pages: 636
ISBN: 978-3-525-30074-9
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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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Cinema, Trance and Cybernetics

Author: Ute Holl
Date: 2017
Language: English
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Ute Holl explores cinema as a cultural technique of trance, unconsciously transforming everyday spatio-temporal perception. The archaeology of experimental and anthropological cinema leads into psycho-physiological laboratories of the 19th century. Through personal and systematic catenations, avant-garde filmmaking is closely linked to the emerging aesthetics of feedback in cybernetic models of the mind developed at the same time. Holl analyses three major fields of experimental and anthropological filmmaking: the Soviet avant-garde with Dziga Vertov and his background in Russian psycho-reflexology and theory of trance; Jean Rouch and his theory of cine-trance and the feed-back; and the New American Cinema with Maya Deren and Gregory Bateson conceptualising the organisation of time, space, movement and feedback trance in anthropological filmmaking.

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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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Cultural Forms of Protest in Russia

Editor: Birgit Beumers
Editor: Alexander Etkind
Editor: Olga Gurova
Editor: Sanna Turoma
Date: 2018
Language: English
Abstract: Alongside the Arab Spring, the 'Occupy' anti-capitalist movements in the West, and the events on the Maidan in Kiev, Russia has had its own protest movements, notably the political protests of 2011–12. As elsewhere in the world, these protests had unlikely origins, in Russia’s case spearheaded by the 'creative class'. This book examines the protest movements in Russia. It discusses the artistic traditions from which the movements arose; explores the media, including the internet, film, novels, and fashion, through which the protesters have expressed themselves; and considers the outcome of the movements, including the new forms of nationalism, intellectualism, and feminism put forward. Overall, the book shows how the Russian protest movements have suggested new directions for Russian – and global – politics.
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Number of Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781138956650
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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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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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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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FILME ZUR STUDENTENBEWEGUNG 1967 – 1969. ULMER DRAMATURGIEN 2

Director: Günther Hörmann, Hans-Dieter Müller, Wil
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From Media Systems to Media Cultures: Understanding Socialist Television

Author: Sabina Michelj
Author: Simon Huxtable
Date: 2018
Language: English
Abstract: In From Media Systems to Media Cultures: Understanding Socialist Television, Sabina Mihelj and Simon Huxtable delve into the fascinating world of television under communism, using it to test a new framework for comparative media analysis. To understand the societal consequences of mass communication, the authors argue that we need to move beyond the analysis of media systems, and instead focus on the role of the media in shaping cultural ideals and narratives, everyday practices and routines. Drawing on a wealth of original data derived from archival sources, programme and schedule analysis, and oral history interviews, the authors show how communist authorities managed to harness the power of television to shape new habits and rituals, yet failed to inspire a deeper belief in communist ideals. This book and their analysis contains important implications for the understanding of mass communication in non-democratic settings, and provides tools for the analysis of media cultures globally.
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Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies and New Hierarchies

Editor: Yulia Gradskova
Editor: Ildikó Asztalos Morell
Date: 2018
Language: English
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Gendering Postsocialism explores changes in gendered norms and expectations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The dismantlement of state socialism in these regions triggered monumental shifts in their economic landscape, the involvement of their welfare states in social citizenship and, crucially, their established gender norms and relations, all contributing to the formation of the postsocialist citizen.

Case studies examine a wide range of issues across 15 countries of the post-Soviet era. These include gender aspects of the developments in education in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Hungary, controversies around abortion legislation in Poland, migrant women and housing as a gendered problem in Russia, challenges facing women’s NGOs in Bosnia, and identity formation of unemployed men in Lithuania. This close analysis reveals how different variations of neoliberal ideology, centred around the notion of the self-reliant and self-determining individual, have strongly influenced postsocialist gender identities, whilst simultaneously showing significant trends for a “retraditionalising” of gender norms and expectations.

This volume suggests that despite integration with global political and free market systems, the postsocialist gendered subject combines strategies from the past with those from contemporary ideologies to navigate new multifaceted injustices around gender in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

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Glücksuchende? Conditio Judaica im sowjetischen Film.

Editor: Lilia Antipow
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Editor: Matthias Dornhuber
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 Public Memory in Postcommunist Romania (Studies in Antisemitism)

Editor: Alexandru Florian
Date: February 6, 2018
Language: English
Abstract: How is the Holocaust remembered in Romania since the fall of communism? Alexandru Florian and an international group of contributors unveil how and why Romania, a place where large segments of the Jewish and Roma populations perished, still fails to address its recent past. These essays focus on the roles of government and public actors that choose to promote, construct, defend, or contest the memory of the Holocaust, as well as the tools―the press, the media, monuments, and commemorations―that create public memory. Coming from a variety of perspectives, these essays provide a compelling view of what memories exist, how they are sustained, how they can be distorted, and how public remembrance of the Holocaust can be encouraged in Romanian society today.
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Place: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0253032717
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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. 
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Place: Hamburg
Publisher: Dr. Kovač
Number of Pages: 420
ISBN: 978-3-8300-6789-4
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Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives

Editor: Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow
Date: 2017
Language: English
Abstract: In 1911 Vasily Kandinsky published the first edition of ‘On the Spiritual in Art’, a landmark modernist treatise in which he sought to reframe the meaning of art and the true role of the artist. For many artists of late Imperial Russia – a culture deeply influenced by the regime’s adoption of Byzantine Orthodoxy centuries before – questions of religion and spirituality were of paramount importance. As artists and the wider art community experimented with new ideas and interpretations at the dawn of the twentieth century, their relationship with ‘the spiritual’ – broadly defined – was inextricably linked to their roles as pioneers of modernism. This diverse collection of essays introduces new and stimulating approaches to the ongoing debate as to how Russian artistic modernism engaged with questions of spirituality in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Ten chapters from emerging and established voices offer new perspectives on Kandinsky and other familiar names, such as Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, and Natalia Goncharova, and introduce less well-known figures, such as the Georgian artists Ucha Japaridze and Lado Gudiashvili, and the craftswoman and art promoter Aleksandra Pogosskaia. Prefaced by a lively and informative introduction by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow that sets these perspectives in their historical and critical context, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives enriches our understanding of the modernist period and breaks new ground in its re-examination of the role of religion and spirituality in the visual arts in late Imperial Russia. Of interest to historians and enthusiasts of Russian art, culture, and religion, and those of international modernism and the avant-garde, it offers innovative readings of a history only partially explored, revealing uncharted corners and challenging long-held assumptions. The publication of this volume has been made possible by a grant from the Scouloudi Foundation in association with the Institute of Historical Research.
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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.
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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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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. 
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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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Ornamentale Oberflächen: Spurensuche zu einem ästhetischen Phänomen des Stummfilms

Author: Evelyn Echle
Date: 2018
Language: German
Abstract: Die visuellen Welten des Stummfilms sind vielfach durch ornamentale Oberflächen geprägt: Interieurs wie Vorhänge, Teppiche, Tapeten, Möbel, Lampen und ebenso Kostüme. Neben der Funktion als Schmuck im diegetischen Raum erfasst das Ornamentale auch die Beziehung zwischen Figur und Umgebung sowie die Komposition des Filmbildes als Ganzes. Galt das Ornament lange als ‹konservative› Form, so hat sich die ihm innewohnende Abstraktionskraft als ein Prinzip der Moderne erwiesen. Entsprechend zeichnet die Studie an ausgewählten Fallbeispielen film- und stilhistorisch nach, welche Rolle ornamentgeprägte Filmbilder für die Ausformung einer innovativen Filmsprache spielten und welche Ideen des zeitgenössischen Ornament-Diskurses sich in Kunst- und Filmtheorie damit verbinden.
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Ostře sledované vlaky

Director: Jiří Menzel
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Popular Cinemas in East Central Europe: Film Cultures and Histories (International Library of the Moving Image)

Editor: Dorota Ostrowska
Editor: Francesco Pitassio
Editor: Zsuzsanna Varga
Date: 2017
Language: English
Abstract: The continued interest in the social and cultural life of the former Warsaw pact countries – looking at but also beyond their socialist pasts – encompasses a desire to know more about their national cinemas. Yet, despite the increasing consumption of films from these countries – via DVD, VOD platforms and other alternative channels – there is a lack of comprehensive information on this key aspect of visual culture. This important book rectifies the glaring gap and provides both a history and a contemporary account of East Central European cinema in the pre-WW2, socialist, and post-socialist periods. Demonstrating how at different historical moments popular cinema fulfilled various roles, for example in the capacity of nation-building, and adapted to the changing markets of a morphing political landscape, chapters bring together experts in the field for the definitive analysis of mainstream cinema in the region. Celebrating the unique contribution of films from Hungary, the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia and Poland, from the award-winning Cosy Dens to cult favourite Lemonade Joe, and from 1960s Polish Westerns to Hollywood-influenced Hungarian movies, the book addresses the major themes of popular cinema. By looking closely at genre, stardom, cinema exhibition, production strategies and the relationship between the popular and the national, it charts the remarkable evolution and transformation of popular cinema over time.
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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 Performances: Word, Object, Action

Editor: Julie Buckler
Editor: Julie Cassiday
Editor: Boris Wolfson
Date: 2018
Language: English
Abstract: Throughout its modern history, Russia has seen a succession of highly performative social acts that play out prominently in the public sphere. This innovative volume brings the fields of performance studies and Russian studies into dialog for the first time and shows that performance is a vital means for understanding Russia's culture from the reign of Peter the Great to the era of Putin. These twenty-seven essays encompass a diverse range of topics, from dance and classical music to live poetry and from viral video to public jubilees and political protest. As a whole they comprise an integrated, compelling intervention in Russian studies.
Challenging the primacy of the written word in this field, the volume fosters a larger intellectual community informed by theories and practices of performance from anthropology, art history, dance studies, film studies, cultural and social history, literary studies, musicology, political science, theater studies, and sociology.
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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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Sehsüchte. Fotografische Rekurse in Literatur und Film

Author: Gudrun Heidemann
Date: 2017
Language: German
Abstract: Seit ihren Anfängen werden der Fotografie Realitätseffekte zugeschrieben, deren Transparenz die Studie dezidiert um ein bedeutsames Opakes ergänzt. Es ist nämlich gerade die Störung am und im Lichtbild, die zunächst literarisch, später auch filmisch u.a. Imaginationen, Projektionen und Erinnerungen auslöst.
Erschlossen werden diese als zweite Belichtung anhand ausgewählter Momentaufnahmen der russischen, polnischen und deutschen Literatur – ergänzt um filmische Rück- und Seitenblicke auf die fotografische Im-/Potenz. Intermedial konkurrieren wie korrespondieren verbalsprachliche Narrative mit lichtbildlichen, bringen hierbei raffinierte Hybride hervor und erzeugen spannungsreiche Konstellationen. Fotografie fungiert literarisch wie filmisch somit nicht nur als oft zitiertes apparatives Augenzeugnis, sondern ebenso als Projektionsfläche für Reflexionen, die unterschiedlichste Sehsüchte offenlegen.
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Sergei Eisenstein and the Anthropology of Rhythm

Author: Marie Rebecchi, Elena Vogman
Contributor: Till Gathmann
Date: 2017
Language: English
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The volume accompanies the exhibition "Sergei Eisenstein: The Anthropology of Rhythm" (Nomas Foundation, Rome). The book, designed by Till Gathmann, features essays by the curators, translations from Eisenstein’s unpublished diaries and further archival materials.

The unfinished works of Sergei Eisenstein are traversed by aesthetic, anthropological, and political questions. Focusing on the anthropology of rhythm that the Soviet director developed in his Mexican project, Que viva Mexico!, this book also extends its analysis to the film projects Bezhin Meadow and The Great Fergana Canal.

Organic and mechanical, regular and irregular rhythms are not merely formal or temporal aspects of experience: they can become instruments of anthropology. Pursuing both the aesthetic and the epistemic paths of this hypothesis, the book reconstructs Eisenstein’s anthropological method through a series of archival materials: drawings and working diaries—published here for the first time—, and film footage. By placing Eisenstein’s method in a constellation between the surrealist aesthetics of the French journal Documents on one side, and the anthropological culture of post-revolutionary Mexico on the other, it explores the modern experience of looking alterity in the face. Superposition of times, connection of rhythms: historical, cinematic, and physiological. It is in this way, through rhythm, that one temporal dimension can become the medium of another, and the body itself the medium of a repressed history.

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Sergei Eisenstein. Method

Author: Sergei Eisenstein
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First complete edition from the original [RGALI] manuscript in Russian, German, English, French etc. – transcribed, edited and widely commented by Oksana Bulgakowa

In his biggest and last theoretical project METHOD (1932-1948) Eisenstein was trying to elaborate an analytical model that would enable him to describe and classify all art practices and forms: cave painting and Cubism, 17th Century’s Japanese graphics and American film, ornament and musical counterpoint, different schools of acting and plot construction in Shakespeare’s dramas, circus and music, Dostoevsky’s novels and Disney’s animated cartoons. But his main point of preoccupation was the genealogy of modernism and film, which was for Eisenstein the quintessentially modernist medium. 
Eisenstein explored art – literature, theater, painting, architecture, music, film – in its relation to archaic mentality and conceived artworks as collective dream images. This oneiric subject and the method of ecstatic illumination needed for its perception obliged Eisenstein to follow a visual logic instead of a linear one. He constructed his never finished book according to the associative principles of montage that replaced the traditional scholarly narrative. He searched for new forms of a book that should be closer to associative, spherical, and labyrinthine thought structures, which so far had only found expression in modernist art experiments. His theory emerged as a hybrid work of an artist who was able to conceptualize a new form – a hypertext – before the appearance of a new medium for it.

4 volumes · ca. 1660 pages · numerous illustrations · large registers 

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Sergei Eisenstein. THE PRIMAL PHENOMENON: ART

Editor: Oksana Bulgakowa
Editor: Dietmar Hochmuth
Translator: Dustin Condren
Date: 2017
Language: English
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What do the movement of a chicken and the development of a plot in a melodrama, in Manet’s and Zola’s style have in common – or the way a spider sees the world, Goethe's interpretation of the gestures in Leonardo's supper and Balzac’s fondness for secret societies, the bisexuality of the gods and the misogyny of master detectives, the film montage, the family of the worms and the Osiris myth, and how the metonymic situation in Shakespeare differs from the metaphorical one at Chesterton?

In his search for the primal phenomenon art, Sergei Eisenstein moves from the circus to Bach and Shostakovich, from there to Fântomas, Sherlock Holmes and Ellery Queen, sees in Mark Twain a double of Dostoevsky and his own double in Ben Jonson, investigates rhythm, actor’s movements, composition in painting, the language of the objects in Swift and the concrete thinking of Tolstoy, and writes about his fiasco in Hollywood.

Eisenstein analyzes almost all the arts – music, the theater of the Elizabethans and Meyerhold, the paintings of Leonardo, Manet and Max Ernst, French and Japanese erotic caricatures, the novels of Balzac, Zola, Dostoyevsky. Dreiser, D. H.Lawrence, Conan Doyle, Steinbeck, Ellery Queen, and his own films. He quotes psychologists, anthropologists, psychoanalysts, linguists, folklorists, art historians and zoologists. In order to discover the primordial phenomenon of art and to understand the secret of the film form.

The book is also available in German: "Sergej Eisenstein DAS URPHÄNOMEN KUNST"


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Sinnliches Denken: Eisensteins exzentrische Methode

Author: Elena Vogman
Date: 2018
Language: German
Abstract: Sergej Eisensteins Bildtheorie und Filmpraxis sind aufs Engste miteinander verbunden. Aus beidem entwickelte er ein Theoriewerk: ein immer wieder neu ­montiertes work in progress, dessen epistemische Obsession im physiologischen Denkpotential des Kinos selbst gründete. Auf der ­Suche nach den Ursprüngen eines solchen »sinnlichen Denkens« des ­Kinos ­legte Eisenstein die ­Kulturgeschichte neu aus. 1929 plante der ­Regisseur ein »Buch in Form einer Kugel«.
Elena Vogman stellt das Potential dieses »sinnlichen Denkens« in Eisensteins Methode (1932–1948) – so der Titel des jüngst auf Russisch erschienenen Spätwerks – in eine doppelte Perspektive. Im offenen Gefüge unterschiedlicher Disziplinen wie Anthropologie und Ästhetik, Psychoanalyse und Gestaltpsychologie, Paläontologie und Linguistik erscheint sein Werk als ein dynamisches Vehikel, das mittels Montage, emphatischer Kritik und in exzentrischer Überschreitung der eigenen Positionen operiert.
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Socialist Senses. Film, Feeling, and the Soviet Subject, 1917–1940

Author: Emma Widdis
Date: 2017
Language: English
Abstract:  In a major reimagining of the history and cultural impact of Soviet film, noted film scholar Emma Widdis explores the fundamental transformations in how film, through the senses, remade the Soviet self in the 1920s and 1930s. Following the Russian Revolution, there was a shared ambition for a "sensory revolution" to accompany political and social change: Soviet men and women were to be reborn into a revitalized relationship with the material world. Cinema was seen as a privileged site for the creation of this sensory revolution as film could both discover the world anew and model a way of inhabiting it. Drawing on an extraordinary array of films, Widdis shows how Soviet cinema, as it evolved from the revolutionary avant-garde to Socialist Realism, gradually shifted its materialist agenda from emphasizing the external senses to instilling the appropriate internal senses (consciousness, emotions) in the new Soviet subject.
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Studying Ida

Author: Sheila Skaff
Date: 2018
Language: English
Abstract: Paweł Pawlikowski’s 2013 film Ida was exceptionally warmly received in the United States, culminating in the Academy Award for Film Not in the English Language, but it was not without controversy. Sheila Skaff’s introduction to the film explains the historical setting, including the violence that took place in the Polish countryside during World War II and was not exposed for sixty years, and provides political and cultural analysis to aid the reader in understanding the film’s setting and narrative. Skaff also touches on the influence of the film on current events in Poland, where censorship of it by an increasingly nationalist government has polarized the country. It also situates Ida within the contexts of Polish and world film history. Scene-by-scene analysis is accompanied in each chapter by background information that gives context to the aesthetic and narrative choices made by the director.
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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
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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 Berlin School and Its Global Contexts: A Transnational Art Cinema

Editor: Marco Abel
Editor: Jaimey Fisher
Date: 2018
Language: English
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The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts: A Transnational Art-Cinema came about in light of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)’s 2013 major exhibition of works by contemporary German directors associated with the so-called Berlin School, perhaps Germany’s most important contemporary filmmaking movement. Christoph Hochhäusler, the movement’s keenest spokesperson, stated that "the Berlin School, despite what the label suggests, is not a specifically German phenomenon. All over the world there are filmmakers exploring related terrain." In response to this "transnational turn," editors Marco Abel and Jaimey Fisher have assembled a group of scholars who examine global trends and works associated with the Berlin School.

The goal of the collection is to understand the Berlin School as a fundamental part of the series of new wave films around the globe, especially those from the traditional margins of world cinema. For example, Michael Sicinski and Lutz Koepnick explore the relation of the Berlin School to cinema of Southeast Asia, including Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tsai Ming-liang; Ira Jaffe and Roger Cook take a look at Middle Eastern film, with Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Abbas Kiarostami, respectively. The volume also includes essays engaging with North American filmmakers like Kelly Reichardt and Derek Cianfrance as well as European auteurs like Antonioni, Tarr, Porumboiu, McQueen, and the Dardennes. Bringing German cinema into dialogue with this series of global cinemas emphasizes how the Berlin School manifests—whether aesthetically or thematically, politically or historically—a balancing of national particularity with global flows of various sorts. Abel and Fisher posit that since the vast majority of the films are available with English subtitles (and at times also in other languages) and recent publications on the subject have established critical momentum, this exciting filmmaking movement will continue to branch out into new directions and include new voices.

The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts folds German-language cinema back into conversations with international as well as transnational cinema. This volume will be of great interest to scholars of German and global cinema.

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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 Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia. (Post)Socialism and Its Other

Editor: Jelaca, Dijana, Kolanović, Maša, Lugarić
Date: 2017
Language: English
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This edited volume explores the cultural life of capitalism during socialist and post-socialist times within the geopolitical context of the former Yugoslavia. Through a variety of cutting edge essays at the intersections of critical cultural studies, material culture, visual culture, neo-Marxist theories and situated critiques of neoliberalism, the volume rethinks the relationship between capitalism and socialism. Rather than treating capitalism and socialism as mutually exclusive systems of political, social and economic order, the volume puts forth the idea that in the context of the former Yugoslavia, they are marked by a mutually intertwined existence not only on the economic level, but also on the level of cultural production and consumption. It argues that culture—although very often treated as secondary in the analyses of either socialism, capitalism or their relationship—has an important role in defining, negotiating, and resisting the social, political and economic values of both systems.

 Examines the complex and transformative nature of cultural forms that perpetually challenge the capitalism vs. socialism binary in provocative ways that extend beyond the case of Yugoslavia
  • Brings together leading scholars and emerging stars in the field across disciplines to offer a truly multidisciplinary approach to the experience and legacy of post-socialist issues and culture via a unified theoretical framework
  • Provides insight to the intricacies of Yugoslavia’s arguably unorthodox form of socialism
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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 political aesthetics of the Armenian avant-garde: The journey of the ‘painterly real', 1987–2004

Author: Angela Harutyunyan
Date: 2017
Language: English
Abstract: This book addresses late-Soviet and post-Soviet art in Armenia in the context of turbulent transformations from the late 1980s to 2004. It explores the emergence of 'contemporary art' in Armenia from within and in opposition to the practices, aesthetics and institutions of Socialist Realism and National Modernism. This historical study outlines the politics (liberal democracy), aesthetics (autonomous art secured by the gesture of the individual artist), and ethics (ideals of absolute freedom and radical individualism) of contemporary art in Armenia and points towards its limitations. Through the historical investigation, a theory of post-Soviet art historiography is developed, one that is based on a dialectic of rupture and continuity in relation to the Soviet past. As the first English-language study on contemporary art in Armenia, the book is of prime interest for artists, scholars, curators and critics interested in post-Soviet art and culture and in global art historiography.
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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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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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Vilém Flusser (1920–1991). Ein Leben in der Bodenlosigkeit. Biographie

Author: Rainer Guldin
Author: Gustavo Bernardo
Date: 2017
Language: German
Abstract: Diese Biographie – die erste ihrer Art – ist dem Leben und Werk Vilém Flussers gewidmet. 1920 in Prag als Sohn jüdischer Eltern geboren, flieht er 1939 vor den Nazis, die seine gesamte Familie im KZ ermorden, über London nach Brasilien. 1972 kehrt er wieder nach Europa zurück, wo er in den 1980er Jahren in Deutschland als »digitaler Denker« berühmt wird. Seine Einflüsse auf die Philosophie und besonders die Medienwissenschaft sind unbestritten.
Vilém Flussers außerordentliches, bewegtes Leben, das 1991 in einem Autounfall endet, ist zugleich ein Porträt des 20. Jahrhunderts in all seinen Widersprüchen. Aufgrund des breiten thematischen Spektrums von Vilém Flussers Werk ist die Biographie auch für Leser_innen jenseits der Philosophie und der Medientheorie von Interesse.
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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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Women in Soviet Film : The Thaw and Post-Thaw Periods

Editor: Marina Rojavin, Tim Harte
Date: 2018
Language: English
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This book illuminates and explores the representation of women in Soviet cinema from the late 1950s, through the 1960s, and into the 1970s, a period when Soviet culture shifted away, to varying degrees, from the well-established conventions of socialist realism. Covering films about working class women, rural and urban women, and women from the intelligentsia, it probes various cinematic genres and approaches to film aesthetics, while it also highlights how Soviet cinema depicted the ambiguity of emerging gender roles, pressing social issues, and evolving relationships between men and women. It thereby casts a penetrating light on society and culture in this crucial period of the Soviet Union’s development.

https://www.routledge.com/Women-in-Soviet-Film-The-Thaw-and-Post-Thaw-Periods/Rojavin-Harte/p/book/9781138221642

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Yellow-Star Houses of Budapest, 1944-2014

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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.
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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
Series: Очерки визуальности
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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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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.
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После Тарковского

Editor: Aleksei Artomonov
Date: 2016
Language: Russian
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«После Тарковского» — так называется сборник, изданный издательством «Сеанс», куда вошли материалы международной научной конференции, посвященной режиссеру.

Для отечественного и мирового кинематографа наследие Тарковского продолжает оставаться актуальным, востребованным и необходимым для исследования и вообще, понимания авторского кино как феномена. С его наследием продолжают вести диалог — и здесь, и за рубежом. В чем своеобразие творчества Тарковского, его мастерства, каков конкретно его вклад в развитие киноэстетики, этики, философии?

Множество аспектов темы творческого наследия режиссера были в центре внимания международной научной конференции, выступления участников которой составили сборник. Авторы материалов сборника — ведущие российские и зарубежные киноведы, культурологи, теоретики киноискусства, режиссеры. Среди них, в частности, Андрей Плахов, Антон Долин, Алексей Гусев, Евгений Цымбал, Василий Степанов, Андраш Балинт Ковач, Джей Хоберман, Александр Скидан, Йоэль Регев, Натан Данн, Кирилл Адибеков, Александр Погребняк и другие.

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Пристань Диониса. Книга Анны.

Author: Михаил Рыклин
Date: 2013
Language: Russian
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Place: Москва
Publisher: Логос
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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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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.
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Щаблі демократії / Levels of Democracy

Director: Various
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