Exposure: The Politics of the Soviet Film Industry

Exposure: The Politics of the Soviet Film Industry

Dash Arts and Kino Klassika present Exposure: The Politics of the Soviet Film Industry, an in depth look at representations of Soviet life across the decades and the impact of censorship and politics on the Soviet Film industry.  Experts taking part in the discussion include Dr Jamie Miller, Alexander Graham, Clare Knight, Visiting Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford.  The conversation will be led by artistic director of Dash Arts, Tim Supple. 

The evening will include short illustrative clips from famous Soviet films across the decades including Yakov Protazanov’s the 41st (1927), Yuli Raizman’s The Last Night (1937), Georg Jacobs’s Woman of my Dreams (1944), Ivan Pyryev’s Cossacks of the Cuban (1949), Mikheil Chiaureli’s The Fall of Berlin (1950), Alexey German’s Trial on the Road (1971), Gleb Panfilov’s The Debut (1969) and Kira Muratova’s Long Farewells (1971). They take in representations of early Soviet social realism, war patriotism and the impact of censorship on screenwriters and directors.  

In addition, there will be live music from the brilliant Mazaika Duo, who will play a set drawn from and inspired by the phenomenal film music hits. 

The event will take place on Wednesday 22 March 2017, from 7pm to 9.30pm at Rich Mix London, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road E16LA. For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1827970770752236/

Dr Jamie Miller

Dr Jamie Miller

Freelance Writer, Researcher and Translator

Dr Jamie Miller is a freelance writer, researcher and translator. He is a specialist in Soviet cinema of the 1920s and 1930s. He is the author of Soviet Cinema: Politics and Persuasion under Stalin (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2010), as well as various journal articles and book chapters. He is currently completing his second book, Propaganda and Popular Entertainment in the USSR: the Mezhrabprom Studio

Dr Claire Knight

Dr Claire Knight

Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford

Claire is based at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where she is the Max Hayward Visiting Fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre for 2016-17. She works on late Stalin era cinema, 1945-53, a period known as “the death of Soviet cinema” for its stringent censorship, low production rates, and seemingly cliched films replete with happy peasants and odes to Stalin. Her research focuses particularly on popular films and trophy films, which were Hollywood and Nazi productions captured by the Red Army as spoils of war and re-edited for Soviet audiences during the early Cold War. Claire is currently preparing her first book on postwar popular Soviet cinema, based on her doctorate research at the University of Cambridge. Her publications on trophy films are found in the latest issue of Kritika, and online at http://www.kinokultura.com

Alexander Graham

Alexander Graham

Researcher, UCL SSEES

Alex Graham is a PhD candidate and Wolfson Foundation scholar at UCL-SSEES. His doctoral research focuses on the politics of film production at the Lenfil’m studio in the years between 1961 and 1991. It combines the study of innovation in film aesthetics and institutional structures to ask how late-Soviet cinema functioned as a creative industry and an ideological system. Alex has written an extended article on the cinema of Aleksei German Sr. and maintains an active research interest in the work of this filmmaker. His recent collaborations in screening Russian and Soviet cinema include participation in the BIMI Essay Film Festival, the Open City Documentary Festival and the SSEES Centenary Film Festival.

About Dash Arts

Dash Arts creates artistic experiences that challenge the way we see the world. Founded in 2005 by our co-Artistic Directors, Tim Supple and Josephine Burton, Dash Arts has created award winning new work in India, North Africa and the Middle East, and will bring an explosion of music, theatre, performance, film and art throughout 2017, offering an unique artistic experience of the Soviet and post-Soviet story in the centenary year of the Russian Revolution. For more information, please visit: http://www.dasharts.org.uk

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