Ruptures and Continuities in Soviet/Russian Cinema: Styles, characters and genres before and after the collapse of the USSR, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Ruptures and Continuities in Soviet/Russian Cinema

Styles, characters and genres before and after the collapse of the USSR, 1st Edition

Edited by Birgit Beumers, Eugenie Zvonkine


226 pages | 46 B/W Illus.

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This book, based on extensive original research, examines how far the collapse of the Soviet Union represented a threshold that initiated change or whether there are continuities which gradually reshaped cinema in the new Russia. The book considers a wide range of films and film-makers and explores their attitudes to genre, character and aesthetic style. The individual chapters demonstrate that, whereas genres shifted and characters developed, stylistic choices remained largely unaffected.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments & Note on Transliteration

Contributor Details

List of Illustrations


Re-construction, or perestroika: re-visioning, re-making, re-framing

Birgit Beumers and Eugénie Zvonkine

Part I. Styles

1 Perestroika and Parallel Cinema

Boris Yukhananov

2 Soviet Comedies for ‘Our Time’: Cinematic Remaking in 21st-Century Russia

Victoria Donovan

3 The Journey of a Film: Aleksei Gherman’s Hard to Be a God, 1968–2013

Eugénie Zvonkine

4 ‘Waiting for Change’: Sergei Solov'ev and the Dreams of the Young Generation

Birgit Beumers

Part II. Characters

5 The Prostitute as Everywoman: The Role and Evolution of the Sex Worker in Russian Cinema

Emily Schuckman Matthews

6 ‘Thank God We’re Not Alive’: The Rock Star in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema.

Rita Safariants

7 Neither Here, Nor There: The Trickster in the Cinema of Perestroika and the Early 1990s

Mark Lipovetsky

8 ‘We’ll meet in Tahiti’: The Traveller between East and West in Russian Films of the 1990s

Julian Graffy

Part III. Genres

9 Reality Excess: Chernukha Cinema in the Late 1980s

Volha Isakava

10 A Genre in Crisis? Satirical Comedy during Perestroika

Otto Boele

11 Articulating Dissonance between Man and the Cosmos: Soviet Scientific Fantasy in the 1980s and its Legacy

Natalija Majsova

12 Revising History, Remaking Heroes: Soviet-Russian Cinema and the Civil War

Stephen M. Norris

About the Editors

Birgit Beumers is Professor of Film Studies at Aberystwyth University.

Eugénie Zvonkine is an Associate Professor of Cinema at the University of Paris 8.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian and East European Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies