Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College
Maria Belodubrovskaya studies the history, theory, and aesthetics of Russian and Soviet cinema. Her first book, Not According to Plan: Filmmaking under Stalin (Cornell University Press, 2017), is an institutional history of Soviet cinema during the Stalin period (1930–1953). She is currently working on her second book, “Beyond Montage: Film Aesthetics and Propaganda under Stalin,” which addresses Soviet film aesthetics during this same period. The book looks at Soviet cinema’s approach to style and narrative in comparison with that of Hollywood and other major film traditions. It seeks to challenge some notions about Soviet film’s ideological conformity and socialist realism, while showing how the Soviet cinematic tradition fits into global cinema.
Belodubrovskaya’s research on Soviet cinema, early animation, and theory of cinematic attractions has been published in Cinema Journal, Film History, Slavic Review, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, KinoKultura, and Projections: The Journal of Movies and Mind.
Belodubrovskaya received her PhD in film studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she taught for seven years prior to joining the University of Chicago. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
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