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Postcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture
Moving Images of Postcommunism

Edited By

Lars Kristensen

ISBN 9780415671644
Published March 27, 2012 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

A post-communist condition has arisen from the fall of the Berlin Wall and later the Soviet Empire: this book looks at how this condition has manifested itself globally in the production of post-communist film. It argues post-communism is a shared experience on a geopolitical level, unlimited by national state borders, and examines post-communist cross culturalism and global totalitarianism within film.

The book examines different national cinemas and dissimilar cinematic modes - from Russian blockbuster cinema to Chinese independent cinema; from Serbian city films to revolutionary films of Mozambique - all formulated as within the postcommunist condition. It considers the postcommunist film in terms of transnational and World cinema. It covers a wide range of films from small and independent filmmaking to mainstream, popular cinema, and explains post-communist signifiers as manifested in visual culture both inside and outside former, and current, communist countries.

Table of Contents

Illustrations  Preface - Dina Iordanova  Acknowledgements  About the Authors  Introduction - Lars Lyngsgaard Fjord Kristensen  Part I: Cultural Strategies, Industry and Reception  1. The Russian Postcommunist Blockbuster: Fyodor Bondarchuk’s 9th Company - Jasmijn Van Gorp  2. Baltic Cinema; Between National and Transnational Strategies - Zoe Aiano  3. Cultural Aspirations and the Voluntary Americanisation of Serbian Cinema - Vlastimir Sudar  4. ‘Haven’t you heard of Internationalism?’ Communist Cinema in Mozambique - Rosalind Gray  5. The Remains of Socialist Realism: Cyclo and Beijing Bicycle - Lars Lyngsgaard Fjord Kristensen  6. Spotting the Eagle on Anglophone Turf: Postcommunist Reception and Albanian Cinema - Bruce Williams   Part II: People, Place and Nation  7. Demolish or Love: Representations of Socialist Leftover in Postcommunist Polish Cinema - Ewa Mazierska  8. Treading New Paths: Czech and German Postcommunist Road Movies - Sune Bechmann Pedersen  9. The Crime that Changed Serbia: The Belgrade Ghetto Film - Nevena Dakovic  10. Projected Nation and Projected Self: Atom Egoyan’s Calendar - Yun-Hua Chen  11. Truancy, or Thought from the Provinces: On Jia Zhangke's Platform - Yün Peng  12. Representations of Former USSR Identities in Turkish Cinema - Serazer Pekerman

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Lars Kristensen is a Research Assistant at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire, UK.