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Soviet Propaganda - Capitalist Sharks and Communism's Shining Future [DVD]

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  • Format: Box set, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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From the early days of the Russian Revolution to the final days of the Cold War, the Communist party were experts in propaganda art Using sophisticated animation techniques the Communists won the hearts and minds of the Russian people in their battle against capitalism and their desire to portray Communism as the shining vision for the future. The undermining of capitalist sharks and the evangelical praise of the communist regime were masterpieces of animated art and propaganda. This collection of animated propaganda was recently recovered from Russia s television vaults. For the first time in ninety years the West can now see how the Soviets portrayed them. This unique documentary collection brings together the original animators and propaganda films such as Shareholders, Join the Collective Farm, Victorious Destination and many others. Included in the box is a 24 page collectors booklet featuring background information on every propoganda film.


ANIMATED SOVIET PROPAGANDA From the October Revolution to Perestroika A four-disc boxed set that includes both a two-hour documentary and six hours worth of short films, Animated Soviet Propaganda opens a window on a lost art from a lost world. Animation began in Russia under the czars, with the morbid wit of Ladislaw Starewicz s stop-motion creations using the stiff little bodies of insects. (In The Camerman s Revenge a grasshopper uses a movie camera to catch his unfaithful mate in flagrante delicto.) But after revolution and civil war, film acquired a new importance to the state. With the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922, Lenin proclaimed the cinema the most important of all the arts, presumably for its ability to communicate directly with the oppressed and widely illiterate masses; in that same year Stalin was named general secretary of the central committee and the Soviet censorship office was established two developments that did not facilitate the free exchange of ideas. For a while, though, Soviet cinema lived in a whirl of avant-garde experimentation, as do the earliest films contained in this compilation: Soviet Toys (1924), directed by Dziga Vertov ( The Man With a Movie Camera ) and reputed to be the first Soviet cartoon, and a 1924 episode of the series Kino-Pravda that pays tribute to the recently dead Lenin in 58 seconds of boldly modernist animation. That was also the year that Russian Futurism found its highest cinematic expression in Yakov Protazanov s visionary science-fiction spectacular, Aelita: Queen of Mars, which also appears to be the inspiration for one of the most bizarre and strikingly designed films in this set: Interplanetary Revolution, directed by Nikolai Khodataev, Zenon Komisarenko and Yuri Merkulov. Described in an opening title as The tale of Comrade Comintern, the Red Army Warrior, who flew to Mars and vanquished all the capitalists on the planet!!, this short film uses both cut-out animation (t --

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