Date of Award

Summer 2001

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Austin Jursild

Committee Member

A. Finley-Croswhite

Committee Member

Maura Hametz

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 B667 2001


When Eisenstein's Strike burst onto the cultural scene in 1925, Soviet cinema began a creative odyssey that left to posterity a brilliant collection of films that redefined the manner in which audiences viewed them. Not only was the form of these films dynamic and innovative, but their content captured the heroic actions of a new historical subject, the revolutionary proletariat. As the Soviet State assumed control over the production of films, politics imprinted its indelible mark on the content of these films, especially as Stalin tightened his grip over all aspects of artistic life. The author of this project will draw upon a rich tradition of writings on Marxist aesthetics to evaluate the politics of Soviet film and to determine their contribution to communist aesthetics. Soviet film of the 1920s and 30s reflected the ideological currents present in the cultural life of Soviet society in these decades and the extent to which politics influenced the course of its evolution.


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