The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Laughing Matters (Paperback)
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The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Laughing Matters (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 12/07/2013
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Grigorii Aleksandrov's musical comedy films, created with composer Isaak Dunaevskii, were the most popular Russian cinema of the 1930s-1940s. This study presents the untold history of the films, situating them in the Stalin era, and suggesting new interpretations of individual films. The book challenges conventional political interpretations, looking instead at how the films inscribed the Stalin's myths into the national consciousness, reproducing the dominant ideology, while hiding it beneath layers of humour. Simultaneously, Salys unearths the methods of composer Dunaevskii: the interplay of music and lyrics with narrative and the encoding of socialist values through fairytale-folklore and gender, providing audiences with entertainment, escape from the hardships of the everyday and hope for a better life. "The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov" asks why these films are considered classics both in Russia and the West, and how Aleksandrov became a cultural icon, indelibly influencing modern Russian cinema.

Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 9781841502823
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 230 x 174 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"There is little of substance to criticize in this book. It is as lively as its subject merits. And, despite its author's forays into theoretically sophisticated analyses of the films, it is also well written and jargon-free. This work is recommended to both scholars and graduate students in film studies and cultural studies, specifically to those interested in Soviet culture in the 1930s."
--Denise J. Youngblood "Slavic Review "
"A valuable and extremely well-researched contribution that will prove fruitful for
researchers exploring Soviet culture." "Slavonic and East European Review"
--Anna Toropova, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies"Slavonic and East European Review" (04/15/2011)"
There is little of substance to criticize in this book. It is as lively as its subject merits. And, despite its author s forays into theoretically sophisticated analyses of the films, it is also well written and jargon-free. This work is recommended to both scholars and graduate students in film studies and cultural studies, specifically to those interested in Soviet culture in the 1930s.
--Denise J. Youngblood "Slavic Review ""

"A valuable and extremely well-researched contribution that will prove fruitful for
researchers exploring Soviet culture."--Slavonic and East European Review

--Anna Toropova, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies"Slavonic and East European Review" (04/15/2011)

"There is little of substance to criticize in this book. It is as lively as its subject merits. And, despite its author's forays into theoretically sophisticated analyses of the films, it is also well written and jargon-free. This work is recommended to both scholars and graduate students in film studies and cultural studies, specifically to those interested in Soviet culture in the 1930s."

--Denise J. Youngblood "Slavic Review "

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