The Adventures of Classical Film Plotting in the Land of the Bolsheviks

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SSEES Russian Cinema Research Group

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This talk discusses the narrative modes in Soviet cinema of the Stalin era. At the end of the 1930s, the Soviets abandoned classical plotting as too Western or Hollywood. What followed was a period of experimentation, when filmmakers tried various alternatives to classicism. Using examples such as Grigorii Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg's The Maksim Trilogy (1935–1938), I argue that the Soviet tradition developed a mode of storytelling distinct from both historical-materialist narration of the 1920s and socialist realism.

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