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Performing Femininity : Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema, Hardback Book

Performing Femininity : Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema Hardback

Part of the KINO - The Russian and Soviet Cinema series

Description

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."

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, 17 bw integrated
  • Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Films, cinema
  • ISBN: 9781784531591

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