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The Soviet TheaterA Documentary History$
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Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194760

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194760.001.0001

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The Cold War Begins, 1946–1953

The Cold War Begins, 1946–1953

(p.481) Chapter Eight The Cold War Begins, 1946–1953
The Soviet Theater

Laurence Senelick

Sergei Ostrovsky

Yale University Press

This chapter describes events in the history of Soviet theater and arts from 1946 to 1953. In the postwar period, authors and theaters were called on to represent in their plays and their shows the life of Soviet society in its “uninterrupted movement forward”, to contribute in every way to the ulterior evolution of the best features in the character of the Soviet man, those features which appeared with particular strength during the “Great Patriotic War.” This involved the vilification of all things bourgeois and the glorification of all things Soviet, particularly Stalin. The Ministry of Culture also took control of theaters in the country. The functions of the artistic director came to an end in 1949, being replaced by the chief producer, usually a political boss with little or no knowledge of the theater.

Keywords:   Soviet theater, Soviet history, Stalin, postwar years, bourgeois, Soviet Union, theater administration

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