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Not According to PlanFilmmaking under Stalin$
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Maria Belodubrovskaya

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501709944

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501709944.001.0001

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The Masters

The Masters

The Director-Centered Mode of Production and the Tradition of Quality

(p.90) 3 The Masters
Not According to Plan

Maria Belodubrovskaya

Cornell University Press

Chapter Three discusses the implications of the director-centered mode of film production and suggests why entrusting self-governance and self-censorship to a select group of director-masters was counterproductive. The Soviet film industry did not have producers, and only directors had the creative and technical expertise to make films. This unique expertise, which was hard to replicate, as well as their status as “engineers of human souls,” put Soviet film directors in a formidable position vis-à-vis the party-state. Moreover, most of them were not propagandists, but artists, and their professional agenda was never entirely subsumed by Stalinism.

Keywords:   director-centered mode, self-censorship, self-governance, director-masters, engineers of human souls

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