Nelli Morozova on Censors, Censorship and the Soviet Film Famine, 1948-52

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The late Stalin era constitutes the most overlooked period of Russian and Soviet cinema history, largely because of its reputation for extreme censorship and resulting artistic stagnation. This article examines the censorship machine that developed in these years, using the memoir of film editor/censor Nelli Morozova in partnership with official resolutions and other archival material to explore what the so-called death of Soviet film looked like from within. It provides an overview of how the bureaucracy of film censorship was restructured and examines how it operated in practice, from the everyday absurdities to the small acts of intrepidity that defined what was at that point the most intensive system of film censorship the world had ever seen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)704-730
Number of pages27
JournalSlavonic and East European Review
Issue number4
Early online date1 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • Motion picture industry
  • Movies
  • Famine
  • Film editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Screenplays
  • Film censorship
  • Industrial production
  • Memoirs


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