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Russian Christmas Film prose of the 1910-s: History and Context

Student: Arina Ranneva

Supervisor: Yana Linkova

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Philology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The thesis attempts to provide a thorough analysis of Russian Christmas film prose of the 1910-s. The concept of Christmas film prose includes two major groups of texts. First of all, they are libretto and scripts – narrative texts, connected with the early films that were timed to coincide with the celebration of Christmas. Secondly, the term of film prose can be applied to a specific subgenre of Christmas stories that were published in the early film press. These groups of texts lie between two types of art and correspond both to the literary tradition of a Christmas story and the distinctive tendencies of early Russian cinema. The study aims to analyze Christmas film prose in the literary, cinematographical, and cultural context of the beginning of the XXth century. As we show, Christmas motifs are not only reproduced in early Christmas films and publications in the specialized press but also affect the viewer’s reception of the film image.

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