The voice of technology and the end of Soviet silent film: Grigorii Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg's Alone
Author: Kaganovsky, Lilya
Source: Studies in Russian & Soviet Cinema, Volume 1, Number 3, August 2007 , pp. 265-281(17)
Abstract:Looking closely at Grigorii Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg's film Odna (Alone, 1931), this article elaborates the ways in which the new technology of synchronized sound altered the relationship between Soviet cinema and its viewer. Doing away with internal speech and putting in its place a voice that issued directly from the screen, the new sound technology hailed the spectator directly, casting the Soviet subject in the role of its addressee. This article considers the role that technology plays both inside and outside the film, formulating specifically how sound technology comes to represent the voice of power that produces the film's heroine as a Soviet subject, and tracing the ways in which anxiety about technology and the operations of the State underpin Kozintsev and Trauberg's last silent avant-garde and first Soviet sound film.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Publication date: August 31, 2007
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