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Soviet Cinema Online. Archival Documents from RGALI, 1923-1935

Database with digitised archival material from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI) on the formative phase of the Soviet film industry between 1923 and 1935

Soviet Cinema Online



The digitised sources in the collection comprise a total of almost 60 documents, including budgets, correspondence, minutes of meetings, employee lists at Gosvoenkino or lists of censored Soviet and foreign films. The archives provide an exciting insight into the production, distribution and screening practices of the Soviet film industry. At the same time, they present trends towards centralisation and bureaucratisation in the Soviet Union, apparent in the establishment of the state monopoly in the film industry.


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The offer is available free of charge throughout Germany and at German institutes abroad via the system of national licenses. At academic libraries and research institutions, users can access it without any special registration. Interested persons without access via a home institution may register for private access if they have their permanent residence in Germany. Please follow the individual registration steps at Once you have registered, you will receive your personal access data by post.

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