Striving for the Maximum Appeal

Ideology and propaganda in the Soviet cinema of the 1920s and 1930s 1

Authored by: Panayiota Mini

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415717397
eBook ISBN: 9781315678863
Adobe ISBN: 9781317392460

10.4324/9781315678863.ch13

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Abstract

Soviet cinema has often been described as propagandistic. And rightly so. Some of the most famous Soviet films, the silent montage works of Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Alexander Dovzhenko, and Dziga Vertov, were openly pro-Bolshevik, as they were products of a “highly politicised” society (Taylor 1979a: 15).

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