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[ecrea] New Book: Postcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture: Moving Images of Postcommunism

Tue Apr 10 12:35:15 GMT 2012

I recently edited a collection on cinema and postcommunism, which is out now with Routledge. The book has contributions from many esteemed colleagues and on many disparate modes of filmmaking. It springs from two academic events organised in 2009; an AHRC sponsored conference at the University of St Andrews and a workshop series at Tirana International Film Festival in Albania.

For more information, please see the abstract and table of contents below. For online ordering, visit <> and enter discount code MRJ62 at the checkout to claim your discount.

Kind regards,

Lars Kristensen
Post-Doc Research Assistant
School of Journalism, Media and Communication
University of Central Lancashire


Title: Postcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture: Moving Images of Postcommunism

A postcommunist condition was created through the fall of the Berlin Wall and later the Soviet Empire, and this book looks at how this condition has manifested itself globally in the production of postcommunist film. It deals with different national cinemas and dissimilar cinematic modes, from Russian blockbuster cinema to Chinese independent cinema, from Serbian city films to revolutionary films of Mozambique, all formulated within the postcommunist condition. Attempting to illustrate history’s role in the formation of the postcommunist film, the book aims at moving the notion of postcommunist film away from an exclusively geographical foundation and into the realm of transnational cinema and World cinema. Seeking to describe how postcommunism is a shared experience on a geopolitical level and not limited by the borders of national states, it examines postcommunist cross-culturalism and the rise of a global totalitarianism within film. The chapters explore a wide range of films in relation to the postcommunist era, from small and low-budget filmmaking to mainstream, popular cinema, and explain postcommunist signifiers as manifested in visual culture both inside and outside former, and current, communist countries. The contributors consist of young emerging scholars; predominantly from film and media studies, as well as more well-known names within the field of Eastern European cinema.

Table of Contents
Illustrations Preface - Dina Iordanova Acknowledgements About the Authors Introduction - Lars Lyngsgaard Fjord Kristensen Part I: Cultural Strategies, Industry and Reception 1. The Russian Postcommunist Blockbuster: Fyodor Bondarchuk’s 9th Company - Jasmijn Van Gorp 2. Baltic Cinema; Between National and Transnational Strategies - Zoe Aiano 3. Cultural Aspirations and the Voluntary Americanisation of Serbian Cinema - Vlastimir Sudar 4. ‘Haven’t you heard of Internationalism?’ Communist Cinema in Mozambique - Rosalind Gray 5. The Remains of Socialist Realism: Cyclo and Beijing Bicycle - Lars Lyngsgaard Fjord Kristensen 6. Spotting the Eagle on Anglophone Turf: Postcommunist Reception and Albanian Cinema - Bruce Williams Part II: People, Place and Nation 7. Demolish or Love: Representations of Socialist Leftover in Postcommunist Polish Cinema - Ewa Mazierska 8. Treading New Paths: Czech and German Postcommunist Road Movies - Sune Bechmann Pedersen 9. The Crime that Changed Serbia: The Belgrade Ghetto Film - Nevena Dakovic 10. Projected Nation and Projected Self: Atom Egoyan’s Calendar - Yun-Hua Chen 11. Truancy, or Thought from the Provinces: On Jia Zhangke's Platform - Yün Peng 12. Representations of Former USSR Identities in Turkish Cinema - Serazer Pekerman

Author Biography
Lars Kristensen is a Research Assistant at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

For more details, or to request a copy for review, please contact:
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