heinee14212 (film, music, literature) 17

heinee14212 (film, music, literature) 17 - Chapter One...

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Chapter One – Russian and Soviet Cinema The history of Soviet cinema in general is more detailed than the history of Soviet cinematic music. Soviet cinema has its origins in Russian cinema, but the ideology surrounding Soviet cinema is much different than that of Russian cinema prior to the Revolution of 1917. The first film shown through a projector in Russia was made by the Lumière Brothers and shown at the “Aquarium” summer theatre in St. Petersburg on May 4, 1896. 1 On May 19, the Lumiere organization opened the first Russian theatre on Nevsky Prospekt, a main street in Petersburg. 2 In the same month as that film’s premiere, cameramen from the Lumière organization came to Russia to film. 3 Thus, the beginnings of Russian cinema are almost as early as the conventionally cited “birth” of the cinema itself, December 28, 1895 (the Paris
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Unformatted text preview: premiere of a film made by the Lumière brothers). “There had been constant Franco-Russian cultural exchange ever since the reign of Catherine the Great…The Franco-Russian exchange had worked both ways. Turgenev had introduced modern Russian novelists to France: they had been enthusiastically accepted by the French reading public.” 4 This quote points to the free movement of cultural ideas between the two countries. As another example, 1 Jay Leyda, Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film , 3d ed., (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983), 17. 2 Ibid. 3 Neya Zorkaya, The Illustrated History of the Soviet Cinema , (New York: Hippocrene Books, 1989), 12. 4 Leyda, 37. 8...
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  • Fall '13
  • Literature, Saint Petersburg, Lumiere Brothers, soviet cinema

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