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Visions of a New Land: Soviet Film from the Revolution to the Second World War

Emma Widdis


In 1917 the Bolsheviks proclaimed a world remade. The task of the new regime, and of the media that served it, was to reshape the old world in revolutionary form, to transform the vast, ungraspable space of the Russian Empire into the mapped territory of the Soviet Union. This text shows how Soviet cinema encouraged popular support for state initiatives in the years between the Revolution and World War II, helping to create a new Russian identity and territory—an imaginary geography of Sovietness. The book offers a cultural history of the early Soviet period. In particular, it shows how films ... More

Keywords: Bolshevik Revolution, Russian Empire, Soviet Union, Soviet cinema, World War II, Russian identity, Russian territory, popular imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092912
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Widdis, author