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Before the Fall: Soviet Cinema in the Gorbachev Years Anna Lawton

Before the Fall: Soviet Cinema in the Gorbachev Years

Anna Lawton

Published September 15th 2007
ISBN : 9780974493404
Paperback
372 pages
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This is an expanded edition of Kinoglasnost: Soviet Cinema in Our Time. The book examines the fascinating world of Soviet cinema during the years of glasnost and perestroika-the 1980s. It shows how the reforms that shook the foundations of theMoreThis is an expanded edition of Kinoglasnost: Soviet Cinema in Our Time. The book examines the fascinating world of Soviet cinema during the years of glasnost and perestroika-the 1980s. It shows how the reforms that shook the foundations of the Bolshevik state and affected economic and social structures have been reflected in the film industry. A new added chapter provides a commentary on the dramatic changes that marked the beginning of democracy in Russia. This book will be widely read by students and specialists of Soviet/Russian history, culture and society, and film studies, as well as by anyone with an interest in the transformations of Russian society. What makes Kinoglasnost pre-eminent among current studies of the subject is the sustained attention Lawton pays to changes in the formal organization of Soviet cinema and in the cinema industry. - Julian Graffy, Sight and Sound, vol. 3 (July 1993) Lawtons book now stands as a valuable work of history on one aspect of a collapsed system...This remains as a testimony of a fateful moment that has changed the course of history. - Louis Menashe, The Russian Review, vol.53, No.4 (October 1994). The author constructs a complex, multilayered narrative of a steady and significant movement toward radical change in Soviet society, an account of the growing anxiety and the hope experienced by Russian filmmakers and the intelligentsia. - Ludmila Z. Pruner, Slavic and East European Journal, vol.38, No.4 (Winter 1994).