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