One Hundred Years of Soviet Cinema

HBK/PBK edited by Daniel Fairfax

July 2019
9780994411259 PBK
9780994411266 HBK
235x191mm | approx. 200 pages | col. illust. throughout

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One hundred years of Soviet cinema?

How is this possible, if the USSR itself lasted barely seven decades before its spectacular demise in 1991?

How can we speak of the continued existence of Soviet cinema in the quarter-century since this apocalyptic event?

But from Battleship Potemkin to The Colour of Pomegranates, from Man with a Movie Camera to Stalker, from The Cranes Are Flying to Hard to be a God, cinema from the “sixth of the world” covered by the Soviet Union continues, indefatigably, to exist. Firstly, because films made during the era of Communist rule are still with us, even well after the social and political framework in which they were realised has perished. And secondly, because, even to this day, the history of the USSR looms large in the cinema of Russia and the other former Soviet republics, as contemporary filmmakers engage in the vast project of digesting the tragic history of the Soviet experiment.

The centenary of the October 1917 Russian revolution, when under Lenin’s leadership the Bolsheviks established the world’s first proletarian state, was marked by a major dossier on Soviet cinema in the Australian online film journal Senses of Cinema. This book is an augmented version of that dossier, collecting more than sixty articles on Soviet and post-Soviet films arranged in chronological order, and represents the first collaboration between Senses of Cinema and The Leda Tape Organisation.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924)
  • Aelita (1924)
  • Strike (1924)
  • The Death Ray (1925)
  • Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  • One Sixth of the World (1926)
  • Mother (1926)
  • Stride, Soviet! (1926)
  • The End of St. Petersburg (1927)
  • The Girl with the Hatbox (1927)
  • October (1927)
  • The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927)
  • Storm Over Asia (1928)
  • The House on Trubnaya (1928)
  • Arsenal (1929)
  • The New Babylon (1929)
  • The Old and the New (1929)
  • Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
  • Earth (1930)
  • Salt for Svanetia (1930)
  • Komsomol: Leader of Electrification (1932)
  • The Deserter (1933)
  • Three Songs of Lenin (1934)
  • A Severe Young Man (1935)
  • Alexander Nevsky (1948)
  • Ivan the Terrible Parts I and II (1944)
  • The Fall of Berlin (1950)
  • The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
  • Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
  • Letter Never Sent (1960)
  • Alyonka (1961)
  • Ilich’s Gate / I Am Twenty (1962/65)
  • The Wild Swans (1962)
  • Ivan’s Childhood (1962)
  • Hamlet (1964)
  • Soy Cuba (1964)
  • Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures (1965)
  • Andrei Rublev (1966)
  • A Long Happy Life (1966)
  • Wings (1966)
  • We (1969)
  • The Colour of Pomegranates (1969)
  • Trial of the Road (1971)
  • Solaris (1972)
  • Mirror (1975)
  • The Irony of Fate, or I Hope You Have a Nice Bath! (1976)
  • The Ascent (1977)
  • Getting to Know the Big Wide World (1978)
  • Stalker (1979)
  • The Legend of Suram Fortress (1984)
  • Come and See (1985)
  • Days of the Eclipse (1986)
  • Little Vera (1988)
  • The Asthenic Syndrome (1989)
  • The Second Circle (1990)
  • The Chekist (1992)
  • Brother (1997)
  • Mother and Son (1998)
  • Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)
  • Russian Ark (2003)
  • Blockade (2006)
  • Cargo (200 (2007)
  • A Stoker (2010)
  • Hard to Be a God (2013)
  • Leviathan (2014)
  • Index