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The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Laughing Matters

The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Laughing Matters

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Grigorii Aleksandrov’s musical comedy films, created with composer Isaak Dunaevskii, were the most popular Russian cinema of the 1930s–1940s. Based on studio documents, press materials and interviews with surviving members of Aleksandrov’s film crews, this book presents the untold history of the films, situating them in the Stalin era, and suggesting new interpretations of individual films.Salys approaches the films from the standpoint of western criticism, arguing that although Socialist Realism attempted to suppress the genre, Aleksandrov’s films consistently preserved the archetypes of American musical, including its comedic tradition. The book challenges conventional political interpretations, looking instead at how the films inscribed the Stalin’s myths into the national consciousness, reproducing the dominant ideology, while hiding it beneath layers of humour.
Grigorii Aleksandrov’s musical comedy films, created with composer Isaak Dunaevskii, were the most popular Russian cinema of the 1930s–1940s. Based on studio documents, press materials and interviews with surviving members of Aleksandrov’s film crews, this book presents the untold history of the films, situating them in the Stalin era, and suggesting new interpretations of individual films.Salys approaches the films from the standpoint of western criticism, arguing that although Socialist Realism attempted to suppress the genre, Aleksandrov’s films consistently preserved the archetypes of American musical, including its comedic tradition. The book challenges conventional political interpretations, looking instead at how the films inscribed the Stalin’s myths into the national consciousness, reproducing the dominant ideology, while hiding it beneath layers of humour.

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Publish date: Sep 15, 2009
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