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Introduction: History Degree Zero

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634453.003.0001
Introduction: History Degree Zero

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This book examines the role of Stalinist cinema in the production of history, and in legitimising Stalinism and producing a new identity of the people of the Soviet Union. It is about how Stalinist art works with time, the past and memory, and it is also about Stalinist art per se, understood not so much as a style, but as a grandiose political-aesthetic project that completes the revolutionary project. The book furthermore investigates the role of Stalinist cinema in the conversion of the present and experience into history.

Keywords: Stalinist cinema; history; Stalinism; identity; Soviet Union; Stalinist art; political-aesthetic project

Chapter.  7571 words. 

Subjects: Film

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