Soviet film studios worked hard to portray their government's system as idyllic and forward-looking. This program showcases animated films designed to promote that utopian vision. Soviet Toys, the earliest known example of Soviet animation, condemns Lenin's New Economic Policy; The Victorious Destination celebrates the achievements of Stalin's first five-year plan; Samoyed Boy praises the Soviet educational system and the casting-off of antiquated traditions; and Hot Stone, Music Box, and Songs of the Years of Fire rejoice over the passing of Czarist imperialism and the establishment of a new, benevolent society. Eleven films total, plus commentary from Russian State Film School professor Igor Kokarev, political cartoonist Boris Yefimov, and director/animator Fyodor Khitruk.
Prelude: Overview of Soviet Cinema Propaganda (1:50) -- Bolshevik Propagandists (4:01) -- New Economic Politics in Post-WWI Russia (3:53) -- New Field of Soviet Animation (5:32) -- Stalin's Socialist Revolution (3:21) -- Workers' Cooperatives vs. Private Shops (5:40) -- Political Pressure on Political Cartoonist (1:08) -- End of Soviet Propaganda Films (2:57) -- Ideological Poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky (4:49) -- Ideological Poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky (4:33) -- Ideological Poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky (7:47) -- Condemnation of Lenin's Economic Policy (3:35) -- Condemnation of Lenin's Economic Policy (4:31) -- Condemnation of Lenin's Economic Policy (2:39) -- Animated Film: Equal Opportunity in USSR (7:02) -- Animated Film: Critical of Czar Government (5:48) -- Animated Film: Critical of Czar Government (5:16) -- Animated Film: Critical of Czar Government (2:22) -- Animated Film: Critical of Czar Government (6:49) -- Animated Film Short: Celebration of Communist Party (0:53) -- Animated Film: Celebrating Workers' Cooperatives (3:52)
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