Postcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture

Moving Images of Postcommunism

Edited by Lars Kristensen

© 2012 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Editor

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

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:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General