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Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema


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This innovative volume challenges the ways we look at both cinema and cultural history by shifting the focus from the centrality of the visual and the literary toward the recognition of acoustic culture as formative of the Soviet and post-Soviet experience. Leading experts and emerging scholars from film studies, musicology, music theory, history, and cultural studies examine the importance of sound in Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet cinema from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives. Addressing the little-known theoretical and artistic experimentation with sound in Soviet cinema, changing practices of voice delivery and translation, and issues of aesthetic ideology and music theory, this book explores the cultural and historical factors that influenced the use of voice, music, and sound on Soviet and post-Soviet screens.

About the Author

Lilya Kaganovsky is Associate Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature, and Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is author of How the Soviet Man Was Unmade.

Masha Salazkina is Research Chair in Transnational Media Arts and Culture at Concordia University, Montreal. She is author of In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein's Mexico and has published in Cinema Journal, Screen, October, and KinoKultura.

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Introduction / Masha Salazkina

Part I: From Silence to Sound

1. From the History of Graphic Sound in the USSR or Media without a Medium / Nikolai Izvolov

2. Silents, Sound, and Modernism in Dmitry Shostakovich's Score to The New Babylon / Joan Titus

3. To Catch up and Overtake Hollywood: Early Talking Pictures in the Soviet Union / Valerie Pozner

4. ARRK and the Soviet Transition to Sound / Natalia Ryabchikova

5. Making Sense without Speech: The Use of Silence in Early Soviet Sound Film / Emma Widdis

Part II: Speech and Voice

6. The Problem of Heteroglossia in Early Soviet Sound Cinema (1930-1935) / Evgeny Margolit

7. Challenging the Voice-of-God in World War II Era Soviet Documentaries / Jeremy Hicks

8. Vocal Changes: Marlon Brando, Innokenti Smoktunovsky, and The Sound of The 1950s / Oksana Bulgakowa

9. Listening to the Inaudible Foreign: Simultaneous Translators and Soviet Experience of Foreign Cinema / Elena Razlogova

Part III: Music in Film, or the Soundtrack

10. Kinomuzyka: Theorizing Soviet Film Music in the 1930s / Kevin Bartig

11. Ear of the Beholder: Listening in Muzykal'naia istoriia (1940) / Anna Nisnevich

12. The Music of Landscape: Eisenstein, Prokofiev and the Uses of Music in Ivan The Terrible / Joan Neuberger

13. The Full Illusion of Reality: Repentance, Polystylism, and the Late Soviet Soundscape / Peter Schmelz

14. Russian Rock on Soviet Bones / Lilya Kaganovsky




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Kaganovsky, Lilya
Indiana University Press
Salazkina, Masha
Bloomington, IN
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Film - History & Criticism
cinema; early film studies; Film and media; film history; history; music; Post-Soviet; Post-Soviet cinema; Russia; Russian cinema; sound studies; Soviet cinema; Soviet Union; twentieth century or later
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