An unsurpassed master of compilation cinema, Esfir Shub is a major figure in the history of Soviet film. Shub's concept of film editing emerges clearly in the four articles that are presented here for the first time in English. They are selected from Zhizn' moya – kinematograf (Cinema Is My Life, 1972), a collection of her essays, public speeches, and letters as well as descriptions of unfinished projects. The texts document Shub's thoughts on montage and her important work as a pioneer of found footage cinema, offering insights into the making of such groundbreaking archival compilation films as The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927), The Great Road (1927), and Lev Tolstoy and the Russia of Nicholas II (1928).
Esfir Shub: Selected Writings
Liubov Dyshlyuk is a PhD student in visual, media, and performing arts in the Arts Department at the University of Bologna. Her research concerns the relationship and cultural cooperation between Soviet and Italian cinemas, an interest she has continuously developed since her years as a journalist in St. Petersburg. Her dissertation is on the reception of Soviet cinema in Italy from the postwar period through the 1970s.
Anastasia Kostina is a PhD student in a joint program in film and media studies and Slavic languages and literatures at Yale University. Her academic interests center on the documentary, with a particular focus on post-Soviet documentary, the aesthetics of credibility and representation, representations of civil violence, and new approaches to documentary production and consumption in the digital era. Previously she worked as a documentary film editor for RT, a state-sponsored Russian news TV channel. Kostina received an MA in American studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she was on a Fulbright scholarship in 2009–11.
Anastasia Kostina, Liubov Dyshlyuk; Esfir Shub: Selected Writings. Feminist Media Histories 1 July 2016; 2 (3): 11–28. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2016.2.3.11
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