Kuleshov and Pudovkin Introduce Montage to Filmmaking (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Lev Kuleshov and his pupil Vsevolod Pudovkin, through their experimental work, theoretical writings, and films, by 1927 brought Soviet cinema to a high level of achievement.
Summary of Event
By 1927, the tenth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Soviet cinema had reached the pinnacle of international success. Filmmakers formulated their basic doctrines and theories, guiding the young film industry with the support and approval of the government. Cinema, thus encouraged, developed as a singular art form, with its own principles and aesthetics, different from other art. Filmmakers rose to the challenge by creating films both politically pleasing and invigorated with artistic dynamism.
Ten years earlier, in March, 1917, the czar was replaced by a provisional government headed by Aleksandr Kerensky. The government moved to abolish film censorship and even permitted production of anticzarist pictures. In October of that same year, the Bolsheviks, headed by Vladimir Ilich Lenin, overthrew the government, and the Soviet era began. Lenin was acutely aware of the importance of cinema in spreading the development of Communism and consolidating his power among the vast population. He declared, “Of all the arts for us the cinema is the most important.” He created a formula that came to be known as “Lenin’s proportion,” which established a ratio of entertainment movies to such educational...
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