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Soviet Cinema Fan Culture

A. Ktorov.

Moscow: Kinopechat’, 1927. 12mo (15 × 11 cm). Original staple stitched pictorial wrappers; 16 pp. Illustrations. Very good.

A NEP-era fan biography of the Soviet film and stage actor Anatolii Ktorov (born Viktorov; 1898–1980). The author, Vadim Shershenevich (1893–1942), was a poet and the main theorist of imagism, a poetic movement he founded with Sergei Yesenin and Anatolii Mariengof. A poet of urbanism, in his poetry of the 1910s Shershenevich criticized cinema as part the “urban detritus” and clearly favored the theater in his critical writing. However, with work in NEP-era cinema becoming increasingly more profitable, starting in 1923 he published film reviews and comic sketches in “Kino Gazeta”, “Sovetskii Ekran” and the newspaper “Kino”. Shershenevich also co-authored several NEP-era blockbuster comedies of Boris Barnet such as “Devushka s Korobkoi” (1927) and Dom na Trubnoi (1928; along with formalist theorist Viktor Shklovsky and others), as well as Sergei Komarov’s “Potselui Meri Pikford” (1927). In this period he also published a number of fan biographies of stage and film actors such as this one. Publisher advertising to rear wrappers.

This and many similar pamphlets were published by the NEP-era publishing house Kinopechat’ (1925–1927), later known as Teakinopechat (1927–1929), which published both serious theoretical film literature by formalist theoreticians such as Boris Eikhenbaum and Viktor Shklovsky and film directors such as Vsevolod Pudovkin, as well as popular film materials. Most of Kinopechat’ profits came from the sales of fan posters, post cards and booklets of domestic and foreign film stars such as this one. By 1929 the sale of these ‘bourgeois fan materials’ caused a scandal at the publishing house and the publisher started printing literature on “kinofikatsiia derevni” (the spread of the cinema into the villages) which was more in line with the first five-year plan (1928–1932). Nevertheless, the publishing house was soon closed.

As of December 2021, KVK, OCLC show two copies in North America.

Book ID: 51829

Price: $500.00