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The Imperial TraceRecent Russian Cinema$
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Nancy Condee

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366761.001.0001

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Vadim Abdrashitov-Aleksandr Mindadze: A Community of Somnambulants

Vadim Abdrashitov-Aleksandr Mindadze: A Community of Somnambulants

(p.141) 5 Vadim Abdrashitov-Aleksandr Mindadze: A Community of Somnambulants
The Imperial Trace

Condee Nancy

Oxford University Press

In the collaborative work of Abdrashitov and his longtime scriptwriter, Aleksandr Mindadze, three films are set at the Soviet colonial periphery, an ideal subcategory if this study were principally committed to a content-driven analysis of the colonial scene. The volume’s research interest, however, extends beyond the colonial vista, taking as evident that the imperial imagination does not spring up at the state’s edge, or intensify as the border approaches, but is engaged through the cinematic work at levels limited neither to the visual periphery nor to narrative content. More particularly, their cinema does not seek to engage its audience principally at the level of social topicality. They are preoccupied instead with transcendent metaphors about the failure of shared practices that would confirm a community’s value beyond state reach and differentiate it from the institutional interventions of the law. Abdrashitov and Mindadze lament the lability of the human psyche, oblivious both to its own institutional appropriation and to other ways of potential cohesion, however unavailable or archaic those ways may be.

Keywords:   Vadim Abdrashitov, Aleksandr Mindadze, collectivity, civic, postcolonial, empire

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