Unformatted text preview: background information to be able to understand the history of the Soviet cinema until 1980, a short time after Shostakovich’s death. 6 5 Zorkaya, 18. 6 There are multiple books and authors written about the history of the Russian and Soviet cinema including Zorkaya’s and Leyda’s books, and others that specialize in certain eras like John David Rimberg’s The Motion Picture in the Soviet Union: 1918-1952 (New York: Arno Press, 1973) and Stalinism and Soviet Cinema (London: Routledge Press, 1993), edited by Richard Taylor and Derek Spring. Obviously, these are not the only books on the subject, but are very good references and can offer more specifics than I can hope to in this chapter. Even these references realize their limitations. Zorkaya’s introduction begins, “This is not a textbook on the history of the Soviet cinema; nor is it a full account of its formative period and subsequent development. The story of the Soviet cinema is a complicated one covering a vast amount of material.” 9...
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- Fall '13
- Literature, Ballets Russes, Igor Stravinsky, soviet cinema