Contemporary Russian cinema : symbols of a new era

Strukov, Vlad, 1973- author

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  • Creator Vlad Strukov
  • Format Books
  • Publication Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016] ©2016
  • Physical Details
    • ix, 9 unnumbered pages, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781474407649, 1474407641, 9781474425957, 147442595X, 9781474407656, 9781474407663, 147440765X, 1474407668
  • OCLC ocn914326186

Summary

  • One of the first books to explore Russian cinema in the new millennium, this volume captures the emergence of a new cinematic sensibility and interprets it through the framework of the symbolic mode. Analysing films by established directors such as Sokurov, Zviagintsev and Zel'dovich, as well as lesser-known filmmakers like Balabanov, Fedorchenko and Kalatozishvili, Contemporary Russian Cinema: Symbols of a New Era explores the particular style of film presentation that has emerged in Russia since 2000, characterised by its use of highly abstract concepts and visual language. Whether directed towards a mystical world, or even towards an afterlife, the symbolic mode defines the emergence of a specific mindscape which has escaped previous representational forms and is intrinsically linked to Russia's dramatic political and economic development since the turn of the 21st century--

Notes

  • Includes filmography.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-280) and index.

Contents

  • Introduction. Conceptualising the period ; Overview of the contemporary Russian film ; Critical review of scholarship on contemporary Russian film ; Contextualising the present study ; Theorising contemporary Russian cinema -- 1. Abstracted subjectivity and knowledge-worlds : Aleksandr Sokurov's Taurus (2001) -- 2. The lacking sense of cinema : Aleksandr Proshkin's The miracle (2009) -- 3. Gatekeepers of (non- )knowledge : Aleksei Balabanov's Morphine (2008) -- 4. Symbolic folds and flattened discourse : Andrei Zviagintsev's Elena (2010) -- 5. Non-knowledge and the symbolic mode : Nikolai Khomeriki's A tale about darkness (2009) -- 6. The world and the event : Kirill Serebrennikov's St. George's Day (2008) -- 7. A plea for the dead (self) : Renata Litvinova's Goddess : how I fell in love (2004) -- 8. Body in crisis and posthumous subjectivity : Igor' Voloshin's Nirvana (2008) -- 9. The difficulty of being dead : Aleksandr Veledinskii's Alive (2006) -- 10. Intentionality and modelled subjectivities : Aleksei Fedorchenko's Silent souls (2010) -- 11. Abandoned being : Mikhail Kalatozishvili's The wild field (2008) -- 12. Amplifications of subjectivity : Aleksandr Zel'dovich's The target (2010) -- Conclusions
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