Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Long View: Soviet Satire in Context: 1. Soviet film satire yesterday and today; 2. A Russian Munchausen: Aesopian translation; 3. 'We don't know what to laugh at': comedy and satire in Soviet cinema; 4. An ambivalent NEP satire of bourgeois aspirations: A Kiss of Mary Pickford; 5. Closely watched drains: notes by a dilettante on the Soviet absurdist film; Part II. Middle Distance Shots: 6. A subtextual reading of Kuleshov's satire, The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West in the Land of the Bolsheviks; 7. The strange case of the making of Volga Volga; 8. Circus of 1936: ideology and entertainment under the big top; 9. Laughter beyond the mirror: humour and satire in the cinema?; 10. The films of Eldar Shengelaya: from subtle humour to biting satire; Part III. Close Ups On Glasnost and Satire: 11. A forgotten melody: Ryzanov and remembered popular traditions; 12. Perestroika of Kitsch: Vladimir Soloviev's Black Rose, Red Rose; 13. Carnivals bright, dark and grotesque in the Glasnost satires of Mamin, Mustafayev and Shaknazarov; 14. Quick takes on Yuri Mamin's The Fountain from the perspective of a Rumanian childhood; 15. 'One should begin with zero': a discussion with Yuri Mamin; Contributors; Filmography; Index.
Inside Soviet Film Satire is a lively collection of sixteen original essays by Soviet, American and Canadian scholars and film commentators.
"...provides insightful cross-cultural readings of the often elusive genre of satire." Dina Iordanova, Slavic and East European Journal