Performing Femininity : Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema Hardback
Part of the KINO - The Russian and Soviet Cinema series
Oriental dancers, ballerinas, actresses and opera singers the figure of the female performer is ubiquitous in the cinema of pre-Revolutionary Russia.
From the first feature film, Romashkov's Stenka Razin (1908), through the sophisticated melodramas of the 1910s, to Viskovsky's The Last Tango (1918), made shortly before the pre-Revolutionary film industry was dismantled by the new Soviet government, the female performer remains central.
In this groundbreaking new study, Rachel Morley argues that early Russian film-makers used the character of the female performer to explore key contemporary concerns from changing conceptions of femininity and the emergence of the so-called New Woman, to broader questions concerning gender identity.
Morley also reveals that the film-makers repeatedly used this archetype of femininity to experiment with cinematic technology and develop a specific cinematic language."
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages, 17 bw integrated
- Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- Publication Date: 18/12/2016
- Category: Films, cinema
- ISBN: 9781784531591