Month: September 2011


Co-Sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Depart and Russian Area Studies
American and Soviet film of the 1930s-1940s
Video presentation by Dr. Vladimir Paperny of work-in-progress.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 7PM
Hunter North, 5th Floor, Room HN510

The 1930s was the time when motion pictures in both countries started to create national mythologies – the American Dream in one case, and the Communist Dream in the other. In the new social reality, movies had to talk to masses. A new type of cinematographic narration was developed. A narration based on storytelling replaced a narration based on montage. In America, the objective was mostly commercial. In Russia, it was mostly political. Very often, the results were almost identical. Some of the films studied are listed below.

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