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The Sounds of Music: Soundtrack and Song in Soviet Film

David C. Gillespie
Slavic Review
Vol. 62, No. 3 (Autumn, 2003), pp. 473-490
DOI: 10.2307/3185802
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3185802
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

In this article, David C. Gillespie explores the deliberate foregrounding of music and song in Soviet film. He begins with a discussion of the structural and organizing roles of music and song in early Soviet sound films, including those by Sergei Eizenshtein, Grigorii Aleksandrov, Ivan Pyr'ev, and Aleksandr Ivanovskii. Gillespie then focuses on the emphasis on urban song in some of the most popular films of the stagnation years, such as "The White Sun of the Desert" (1969) and "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" (1979), adding considerably to the appreciation of these films. To conclude, he analyzes folk music in films about village life, especially those directed by Vasilii Shukshin, and explores the role of music in constructing a mythical and nationalistic discourse.

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