The Politics of the Soviet Cinema 1917-1929 by Richard Taylor

By Richard Taylor

A lot has been written approximately Soviet literature and its political value within the years following the October Revolution, yet little has been written in regards to the cinema within the similar context. And but in 1922 Lenin stated, 'Of all of the arts, for us the cinema is the main important.' What did he suggest? This booklet seems on the Soviet cinema in its formative interval from the political viewpoint, interpreting either the perspective of the gurus in the direction of the cinema and the particular use to which the cinema used to be placed. It demonstrates how, even on the top of the 'Golden period of the Soviet film', the Bolsheviks time and again didn't organise the cinema effectively as a good propaganda weapon. The e-book presents an illuminating historical past of the political background of the Soviet cinema within the twenties opposed to which its most renowned motion pictures will be re-examined.

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The Bolsheviks needed a propaganda medium that was pri­ marily and fundamentally visual in its appeal, one that would thus overcome differences of language and cultural development. 20 The The Bolsheviks, propaganda and the cinema 31 poster was, after all, visual, simple and universal in its appeal. It was used for educational21 as well as agitational22 purposes. The most important innovation in the poster field was the development of the ROSTA window, which provided a semi-satirical commen­ tary on current events that could be displayed in the street or pasted on a factory wall.

Although both these types of propaganda had their place after 1917, neither was entirely adequate for the task that confronted the new regime. The Bolsheviks had to find propaganda media that would appeal to the broad masses of the still largely illiterate population. This meant that written and printed propaganda had only limited value, at least in the early years, and their value was further limited by the confines of language in a multilingual country. 16 But these attempts were limited in their scope and, therefore, also in their effect.

Although both these types of propaganda had their place after 1917, neither was entirely adequate for the task that confronted the new regime. The Bolsheviks had to find propaganda media that would appeal to the broad masses of the still largely illiterate population. This meant that written and printed propaganda had only limited value, at least in the early years, and their value was further limited by the confines of language in a multilingual country. 16 But these attempts were limited in their scope and, therefore, also in their effect.

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