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Shots from Underground: Dialectics of Conspiratorial Imagination

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/9780748634453.003.0007
Shots from Underground: Dialectics of Conspiratorial Imagination

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This chapter examines the Stalinist films and the dialectics of conspiratorial imagination. It reviews several Stalinist films, including The Great Citizen and Maxim's Youth, and suggests that they were not by accident dedicated to the fascinating leader of the Revolution, Vladimir Lenin, and to the noble and pure Bolsheviks, Maxim Gorky and Sergei Kirov. The chapter suggests that they were specially created objects for the sublimation of fear and argues that the more bloody the era became, the greater the place occupied by the underground in mass imagination.

Keywords: Stalinist films; Great Citizen; Maxim's Youth; Vladimir Lenin; Maxim Gorky; Sergei Kirov; underground; mass imagination

Chapter.  31534 words. 

Subjects: Film

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