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Politics and Society, 2016-3
Kosinova M. - Soviet cinematic diplomacy and relationships between the cinematographies of the Soviet Union and the United States during the World War II


Abstract: This article is dedicated to the relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States in the area of cinematography during the World War II. Political and military alignment that took place in this difficult period, and later the newly formed cooperation between the two countries contributed into the strengthening of cinematographic connections. A film director and stereo cinematography specialist A. N. Andriyevsky became the head of “Soyuzintorgkino”; the representative of the U. S. cinema committee became a well-known film director became M. K. Kalatozov, whose responsibilities consisted in propagation of Soviet cinema in the United States, selection of American films for USSR, as well as taking the business connections between the two countries in the area of cinema on the quality new level. The author conducts a comprehensive analysis of the selected topic; it combines the “historical narrative” of encyclopedical character, which thoroughly renters the material with regards to the history of development of international relations in the cinema sphere during the World War II, the method of philosophical understanding of the covered events, and the art history analysis of the representative material. The relations between the USSR and the United States in the area of cinematography of the XX century were developing erratically, and in many aspects depended on the foreign policy of the countries. However, namely during the Great Patriotic War, especially in the most difficult initial period, the Soviet cinematography significantly strengthened its positions in the international arena, thus this period represents a special interest. It was a real breakthrough in the sphere of international relations of the Soviet cinematography. The reasons of this breakthrough are being examined in this work.  
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