Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s

Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s

Not Only for Children
Pontieri, Laura
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/15/2012
Format: Paperback 95 color illus., 15 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-861-96705-6
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Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s examines the remarkable animation that emerged during the post-Stalin period of liberalization in the Soviet Union as an avenue of expression for a new spirit of aesthetic freedom. Drawing on extensive archival research, Laura Pontieri reconstructs the dynamics inside Soviet animation studios and the relationships between the animators and the political establishment. Pontieri offers a meticulous study of Soviet animated films of the period, using the world of Soviet animation as a lens for viewing the historical moment of the thaw from a fresh and less conventional point of view.

Author Bio

Laura Pontieri teaches Russian and Soviet cinema at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. From Propaganda to Children’s Films: The Earliest Beginnings and the Stalin
Era of Soviet Animation
Chapter 2. Russian Animation of the Thaw in its Socio-Political and Cultural Context
Chapter 3. Case Studies: Early 1960s
Chapter 4. Russian Animation in the Second Half of the 1960s: Between the Khrushchev’s Thaw and the Brezhnev Stagnation
Chapter 5. Conclusion: The Beginning of New Tendencies

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