History with Biography

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:
History with Biography

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This chapter highlights the central role of biographical films in Stalinist cinema. It investigates why Soviet historical films invariably turned into biography, and how they came to occupy the leading place among the genres of historical narrative. The chapter describes the nature and function of biography in the Stalinist political-aesthetic project and reviews some of the successful series of biographical films in Soviet cinema, including Alexander Nevsky, Suvorov and The Ships Storm the Bastions.

Keywords: biographical films; Stalinist cinema; historical films; historical narrative; political-aesthetic project; Alexander Nevsky; Suvorov; Ships Storm Bastions

Chapter.  21429 words. 

Subjects: Film

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