Cold war and peaceful coexistence on the red carpet: the USSR and western film festivals (1946-1962)

Cold war and peaceful coexistence on the red carpet: the USSR and western film festivals (1946-1962)

Monday, 8 May 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
Nissan Lecture Theatre
Speaker(s): 
Dr Stefano Pisu (University of Cagliari)
Convenor: 
Dr Claire Knight (St Antony's)
Series: 
Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Monday Seminar

In Cold War Europe, international film festivals represented much more than a simple artistic event for the USSR. Generally, the Soviets understood festivals as a political and ideological battlefield where showing their predominance through film art and culture was the primary goal. This talk will explore in detail the reasons for Soviet presence - and absence – at the Cannes and Venice film festivals, covering the period from the aftermath of WWII to 1962, when Andrej Tarkovskij's Ivan's childhood won the Gold Lion at Venice.