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Title: Soviet Film: The 1950s and the 1980s


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Soviet Film The 1950s and the 1980s
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Cinema in the 1950s
  • 1951 saw low output in overall production
  • 8 movies produced in that year
  • Low amounts, didnt mean high quality
  • Nineteenth CPSU Congress passed resolutions to
    increase film productions
  • 1953 20
  • 1954 54
  • 1955 - 66
  • Notable Movies
  • Taras Shevchenko, Belinsky, Test of Fidelity,
    There Came a Soldier from the Front

Film Poster for Taras Shevenchenko
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The Cranes are Flying
  • Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov in 1957
  • Script was based on the play Eternally Allive
  • Story about guilt and atonement rather glorious
    exploits of the characters
  • Explored the use of perputual motion shots

4
Ballad of a Soldier
  • Screen play written by Valentin Yezhov
  • Directed by Girgori Chukhrai
  • ..could have become a good father and a
    wonderful citizen. He could have grown wheat and
    adorned the earth with gardens. But all he
    managed in his short life was to become a soldier

5
Destiny of a Man
  • Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk
  • Based on the short story by Mikhail Sholokhov
  • Very taboo, talked about prisoners of war

6
Soviet Cinema in the 1980s
  • Gorbachevs Policy of Glasnost opened a whole new
    opportunity for films
  • Many films finally released including
  • End of censorship in 1990

7
The Commissar
  • Directed by Alexander Askoldovin 1967
  • Not allowed to be shown until the 1980s
  • Focuses on the individual and not the greater
    cause
  • Showed how the revolution could corrupt even the
    most innocent

8
Repentance
  • Directed by Tenghiz in 1984 and released in 1987
  • Described abuses during Stalin period
  • Extremely popular both in Russia and abroad
  • Caused heated debates and analysis of the time
    period

9
Musicals
  • Not very popular and widespread
  • Only 14 musicals made after 1950 in all the
    Soviet bloc countries, including West Germany,
    Poland, Hungary, Rumania and the USSR
  • Most famous musical is the 1937 classic Volga
    Volga

10
The Greatest Influence on Soviet Film
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