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Love in the age of communism: Soviet romantic comedy in the 1970s
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Cinema Studies.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The author discusses three Soviet comedies from the

1970s: Moskva slezam ne verit (Moscow Does Not Believe

in Tears, Vladimir Menshov, 1979), Osenniy marafon

(Autumn Marathon, Georgi Daneliya, 1979), and Ironiya

Sudby, ili S lyogkim parom (Irony of Fate, Eldar

Ryazanov, 1975), and how they relate to both

conventions of romance and conventions of the

mainstream traditions of the romantic comedy genre.

The text explores the evolution of the genre and

accompanying theoretic writings, and relates them to

the Soviet films, focusing largely on the conventions

that can be grouped under an idea of the romantic

chronotope. The discussion includes the conventions of

chance and fate, of the wrong partner, the happy

ending, the temporary and carnevalesque nature of

romance, multiple levels of discourse, and some

aspects of gender, class and power. In addition, some

attention is paid to the ways in which the films

connect to specific genre cycles, such as screwball

comedy and comedy of remarriage, and to the

implications that a communist system may have on the

possibilities of love and romance. The author argues

that Soviet and Hollywood films share many conventions

of romance, but for differing reasons.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
Romantic comedy, romance, chronotope, Soviet, 1970s, genre, screwball, remarriage
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1117OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-1117DiVA: diva2:189447
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