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'Russian Americans' in Soviet film : cinematic dialogues between the US and the USSR

Author: Marina L Levitina
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2015.
Series: KINO, the Russian and Soviet cinema series.
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"Certain aspects of American popular culture had a formative influence on early Soviet identity and aspirations. Traditionally, Soviet Russia and the United States between the 1920s and the 1940s are regarded as polar opposites on nearly every front. Yet American films and translated adventure fiction were warmly received in 1920s Russia and partly shaped ideals of the New Soviet Person into the 1940s. Cinema was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marina L Levitina
ISBN: 9781784530310 178453031X
OCLC Number: 929882499
Description: xv, 320 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Title: KINO, the Russian and Soviet cinema series.
Responsibility: Marina L. Levitina.

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"Certain aspects of American popular culture had a formative influence on early Soviet identity and aspirations. Traditionally, Soviet Russia and the United States between the 1920s and the 1940s are regarded as polar opposites on nearly every front. Yet American films and translated adventure fiction were warmly received in 1920s Russia and partly shaped ideals of the New Soviet Person into the 1940s. Cinema was crucial in propagating this new social hero. While open admiration of American film stars and heroes of literary fiction in the Soviet press was restricted from the late 1920s onwards, many positive heroes of Soviet Socialist Realist films in the 1930s and 1940s were partially a product of Soviet Americanism of the previous decade. Some of the new Soviet heroes in films of the 1930s and 1940s possessed traits noticeably evocative of the previously popular American film stars such as Douglas Fairbanks, Pearl White and Mary Pickford. Others cinematically represented the contemporary trope of the 'Russian American, ' an ideal worker exemplifying the Stalinist marriage of 'Russian revolutionary sweep' with 'American efficiency.'" --

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This is a book that sparkles with fresh insights and information. Marina L. Levitina has studied the impact of American films, actresses, and actors on Soviet authorities, critics, and the broad Read more...

 
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