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Title Inside Soviet film satire : laughter with a lash / editor, Andrew Horton
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1993]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 171 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in film
Cambridge studies in film.
Contents (cont.) The films of Eldar Shengelaya : from subtle humor to biting satire / Julie Christensen -- A forgotten flute and remembered popular tradition / Greta N. Slobin --Perestroika of kitch : Sergei Soloviev's Black rose, red rose / Svetlana Boym -- Carnivals bright, dark and grotesque in the Glasnost satires of Mamin, Mustafayev, and Shakhnazarov / Andrew Horton -- Quick takes on Yuri Mamin's Fountain from the perspective of a Romanian / Andrei Codrescu -- "One should begin with zero" : a discussion with satiric filmmaker Yuri Mamin / Andrew Horton
Soviet film satire yesterday and today / Valentin Tolstykh -- A Russian Munchausen : Aesopian translation / Kevin Moss -- "We don't know what to laugh at" : comedy and satire in Soviet cinema (from The miracle worker to St. Jorgen's feast day / Denise J. Youngblood -- An ambivalent NEP satire of bourgeois aspirations : The kiss of Mary Pickford / Peter Christensen -- Closely watched drains : notes by a dilettante on the Soviet absurdist film / Michael Brashinsky -- A subtextual reading of Kuleshov's satire The extraordinary adventures of Mr. West in the land of the Bolsheviks (1924) / Vlada Petric -- The strange case of the making of Volga, Volga / Maya Turovskaya -- Circus of 1936 : ideology and entertainment under the big top / Moira Ratchford -- Black humor in Soviet cinema / Olga Reizen -- Laughter beyond the mirror : humor and satire in the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky / Vida T. Johnson
Summary Offering a general overview of the evolution of Soviet film satire during a seventy-year period, this volume also provides in-depth analyses of such classics as Kuleshov's The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks; Volga, Volga, a popular musical of the Stalinist period; and the bitter and surrealistic Zero City, The Fountain, and Black Rose, Red Rose of the glasnost period. It also examines the effects of communism's collapse in 1991 on the tradition of satire and includes an interview with the renowned Soviet filmmaker Yuri Mamin
Inside Soviet Film Satire: Laughter with a Lash is a lively collection of sixteen original essays by Soviet and American scholars and film commentators. It is the first in-depth examination of an important genre within the Soviet film tradition. From its origins, humor and satire have been closely linked in Soviet cinema. Nowhere in this tradition is there the pure comic genre typified in the West in films by Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton; by contrast, Soviet comedy can best be described as "laughter with a lash." Films made during the early years of the communist regime depicted characters and situations at a moment when the promise of socialism had yet to be realized. By the final years of totalitarian rule, filmmakers had found ways to create satiric films that powerfully indicted communism itself
Bibliography Filmography: pages 157-164
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Comedy films -- Soviet Union -- History and criticism -- Congresses.
Communism and satire -- Congresses.
Satire, Soviet -- History and criticism -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Horton, Andrew, 1944-
ISBN (paperback)