World Film Locations: Moscow (Book)

Edited by Birgit Beumers

A megalopolis of more than twelve million inhabitants, Moscow is a city with a rich and varied history. In 1918, following the Revolution, Moscow became the capital of the Soviet Union, and it remained capital of the Russian Federation after 1991. Moscow’s status as capital, from 1918 to the present, more or less coincides with its life on the silver screen, since there are very few preserved filmic depictions of the city from pre-Revolutionary years. In the Soviet era, film often served propaganda purposes; therefore, the image of Moscow on celluloid echoes the political ambitions of the country, and film locations and settings reflect the cultural agenda of the times. 

World Film Locations: Moscow compares and contrasts images from the past and present, giving the forty-six carefully selected scene reviews and seven spotlight essays a historical focus. With an inside look at the city’s film studio, Mosfilm, the book is essential for all armchair travellers and cinephiles alike.

Category: Film Studies

Edition

A megalopolis of more than twelve million inhabitants, Moscow is a city with a rich and varied history. In 1918, following the Revolution, Moscow became the capital of the Soviet Union, and it remained capital of the Russian Federation after 1991. Moscow’s status as capital, from 1918 to the present, more or less coincides with its life on the silver screen, since there are very few preserved filmic depictions of the city from pre-Revolutionary years. In the Soviet era, film often served propaganda purposes; therefore, the image of Moscow on celluloid echoes the political ambitions of the country, and film locations and settings reflect the cultural agenda of the times. World Film Locations: Moscow compares and contrasts images from the past and present, giving the forty-six carefully selected scene reviews and seven spotlight essays a historical focus. With an inside look at the city’s film studio, Mosfilm, the book is essential for all armchair travellers and cinephiles alike.

Maps/Scenes 

Scenes 1–6 – 1924–1928

Scenes 7–13 – 1934–1946

Scenes 14–19 – 1957–1966

Scenes 20–26 – 1967–1980

Scenes 27–32 – 1986–1992

Scenes 33–39 – 1992–2000

Scenes 40–46 – 2004–2012

 

Essays

Moscow: City of the Imagination – Birgit Beumers

Cinematic Journeys on the Moscow Metro – Birgit Beumers

Palace of Soviets – Vincent Bohlinger

Sites of Production and Demonstration – Birgit Beumers

Urban Poetics: Moscow in 1960s Films – Sergey Dobrynin

Housing Estates: Cheremushki on Screen – Sergey Dobrynin

Marginal or Central: Prostitution in Moscow – Emily Schuckman Matthews

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