Reconfiguring the past: The return of history in recent Russian film

David Gillespie

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Russian cinema has often returned to its traditions in order to explore ways forward, and nowhere is this truer than in the historical film. Originally seen as a means of legitimizing the (Soviet) present, the cinematic investigation of history has tended in recent years not only to debunk past ideologies, but also to create new myths as pointers to the future. Directors whose recent work is included in this study are Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Konchalovskii, Pavel Chukhrai, Alexander Sokurov and Gleb Panfilov.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalNew Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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