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ERIC Number: EJ1160384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
"Let the Little Children Come to Me": (Anti-)Religious Films for Young Spectators of the Soviet and Post-Soviet Period
Naydenova, Natalia
Children's Literature in Education, v48 n4 p308-325 Dec 2017
The article is a comparative analysis of three films focusing on anti-religious and religious propaganda (targeting both Orthodoxy and sectarianism) and featuring children among the main characters: "The Miracle Worker" (1960), "Armageddon" (1962) and "Serafima's Extraordinary Journey" (2015). The three films feature a similar set of characters and artifacts which serve as the springboard for the unfolding of the individual plots. However, the techniques used in the characters' portrayal are very different in each of the films, leading to contrasting outcomes. This article explores the way the characters are portrayed, including the use of discursive strategies and intertextual mechanisms, with special emphasis given to the propaganda characteristic of the different periods in the country's history. It highlights the reversal of values between Soviet and post-Soviet societies, resulting in a drastic change in the didactic messages conveyed by cinema over these 50+ years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: USSR