Russian Classics and the Past in its Revolutionary Development

Evgeny Dobrenko

in Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634453
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653607 | DOI:
Russian Classics and the Past in its Revolutionary Development

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This chapter examines the role of Russian classic literature in Stalinist cinema. It explains that the coding of life by a classic writer and its decoding by an adept director guaranteed that the screen event will not only be credible, but will live on through the ages. The chapter describes the processes through which reality is distilled into literature and then, through ideological interpretation in criticism, into film. It cites Yakov Protazanov's film Without a Dowry and Ivan Pyrev's The Swineherdess and the Shepherd as exemplars of Stalinist art.

Keywords: classic literature; Stalinist cinema; reality; ideological interpretation; Yakov Protazanov; Without a Dowry; Ivan Pyrev; Swineherdess and Shepherd; Stalinist art

Chapter.  16076 words. 

Subjects: Film

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