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Not According to Plan: Filmmaking under Stalin

Maria Belodubrovskaya


Not According to Plan is a history of Soviet filmmaking under Stalin (1930–1953). It addresses why the Stalin regime failed to construct a controlled propaganda cinema despite explicit intention to do so. Using new archival evidence, Belodubrovskaya shows that the Stalinist state was unsuccessful because its ideological ambitions undermined institutional reform and development. When choosing between the short-term goal of making film “masterpieces” and longer-term industrialization targeting mass production, Stalin and his policymakers consistently selected the former. The preference for quali ... More

Keywords: propaganda cinema, Stalin, director-centered mode, censorship, screenwriting, thematic planning, ideology, film industry, film production, mass propaganda

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501709944
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501709944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Belodubrovskaya, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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