Constructing Post-Soviet Stardom: Auteur and the State

February 8, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykendall 409A

“Constructing Post-Soviet Stardom: Auteur and the State in the Case of Renata Litvinova.”
As Richard Dyer's research on stars does not explain or describe the Russian star system due to its historical and cultural difference from Hollywood, I analyze the construction of Russian stardom and describe its architectural principles such as the close connection of the film industry to the state and its imperial nature, the understanding of cinema as an art but not entertainment, and the director-centered mode of production. These factors form a unique figure of a star director, usually in the transition from a previous acting career. Renata Litvinova, a leading Russian female director, presents an example of such a transition.

Olga Mukhortova, ABD serves as an Instructor of Russian at UH-Mānoa and writes her dissertation on star and celebrity studies to complete her Ph.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Slavic and Film Studies. While working for 20 years as a teacher of Russian for non-Russian students, Olga conducts her research in the fields of empire and post-colonial studies, women studies, and contemporary Russian film.

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