Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 July 2020

272 Pages | 35 black and white figures/illustrations


ISBN: 9780198831099

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Feeling Revolution

Cinema, Genre, and the Politics of Affect under Stalin

Anna Toropova

Emotions in History

  • Provides the first book-length examination of Stalin-era film genres and their function as tools of emotional and political education
  • Emphasises the unique characteristics and objectives that genre films assumed within a film industry that sought to 'overtake' Hollywood
  • Shows that cinema retained a capacity to contest and expand official values even during periods of tightening ideological control over the cultural sphere
  • Brings to light the much greater degree of debate, negotiation, and uncertainty within the process of Stalinist cultural production than previously assumed
  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of the emotions targeted by a broad rage of genres including comedy, melodrama, thriller, and heroic biography

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