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Svetlana Baskova’s response to Russian national neoliberalism in For Marx …
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5364-8036
2018 (English)In: Contemporary Cinema and Neoliberal Ideology / [ed] Ewa Mazierska, Lars Kristensen, New York: Routledge, 2018, p. 73-87Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter deals with the film For Marx …  (2012) by the Russian filmmaker Svetlana Baskova, which is a homage to Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike  (1925). Baskova examines it in the context of the peculiar brand of neoliberalism adopted in Russia ruled by Vladimir Putin and the type of cinema promoted by his regime. The chapter argues that while ‘Putin’s cinema’ is expected to convey patriotic values in a way which makes them easy to understand and be embraced by the general public, in exchange for being supported by the state throughout the entire process of production and distribution, Baskova opted out of this system, by making a film which does not adhere either to the dominant ways of making films or to the dominant ideology. The chapter maintains that For Marx …  is a product of cinephilia since it was financially supported by Cine Fantom, a film club based in Moscow, and is an example of ‘non- cinema’, understood as a type of film which ostensibly rejects the principles of cinema. The chapter raises an interesting question, namely whether films in the vein of For Marx …  constitute a serious alternative to the dominant cinema, in contemporary Russia and elsewhere or rather act as a smokescreen, behind which the servants of the authoritarian state perpetuate their ultimately undemocratic cultural practices.

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New York: Routledge, 2018. p. 73-87
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Svetlana Baskova, Russian cinema, neoliberalism, non-cinema, digital culture
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Studies on Film
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Media, Technology and Culture (MTEC)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14211ISBN: 978-1-138-23573-1 (print)ISBN: 978-1-138-23574-8 (print)ISBN: 9781315304076 (electronic)ISBN: 1-138-23573-3 (print)ISBN: 1-138-23574-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14211DiVA, id: diva2:1147700
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