Providing many interesting case studies and bringing together many leading authorities on the subject, this book examines the importance of film adaptations of literature in Russian cinema, especially during the Soviet period when the cinema was accorded a vital role in imposing the authority of the communist regime on the consciousness of the Soviet people.

Introduction: The Importance of the Ekranizatsiia in 20th Century Russian and Soviet Culture Part 1 Soviet Film Adaptations under Lenin and Stalin: Manufacturing the Myth 1. Popular Literature in Film Adaptations of the NEP Period 2. Moving Images and Eye-deologies: Visuality and the Political in the Soviet Screen Adaptation of Literature 3. National Historical Mythologies on the Soviet Screen: The Film Version of Tolstoy's 'Peter the Great' Part 2 Literature and Film in the Post-Stalin Era: The Myth in Retreat 4. Unauthor-ized Copies: The Image of the Writer in the Post-Stalin Film Adaptation 5. Kozintsev's Film Adaptations of Shakespeare 6. Aksenov: Young Prose and the Cinema of the Thaw 7. Pushkin's 'Arap Petra Pervogo' and its Film Adaptation 8. The Writer as Director in Late Soviet Russia: Vasilii Shukshin Part 3 From Text to Screen, Soviet to Post-Soviet: Re-viewing the Russian National Myth 9. Imperially My Dear Watson: The Sherlock Holmes Series and the Decline of the Soviet Empire 10. Official versus Dissent: The Mikhalkov Brothers' View of Russia's Past 11. 'I Love You Dear Captive': Gender, Narrative and Chronotope in The Screened Caucasus Tale 12. Re-reading/Re-viewing Dostoevskii in the Post-Soviet Era: The Challenge of the Spiritual