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02 Jun 2017 8:50 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Stalin’s “Loss of Sensation”:" to "Stalin’s “Loss of Sensation”"
  • Removed from SF Media board
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  • Crossposted to WWII Media board

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 8:32 p.m. PST

Subversive Impulses in Soviet Science-Fiction of the Great Terror

"Stalin's rise to power was largely concomitant with the rise of cinema. The history of the nascent field of cinema art is dominated by names like Eisenstein, Kuleshov, and Aleksandrov, alongside Western icons like Edison, Meliés, Keaton, Chaplin, Griffith, and others. In these earlier stages of the industrial era, it is no surprise that early Soviet filmmakers experimented with science-fiction as much as their Western counterparts. However, a cursory survey reveals that early Soviet science-fiction, aesthetically similar to both Meliés' works and Fritz Lang's Metropolis (although predating the latter by a few years), was all but quashed by censorship under Stalin's nascent regime…"
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