Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central by Christine Elaine Evans

By Christine Elaine Evans

The first full-length, archive-based historical past of Soviet relevant Television’s creation and programming within the many years earlier than perestroika

within the first full-length research of Soviet significant tv to attract commonly on archival assets, interviews, and tv recordings, Evans demanding situations the concept Soviet mass tradition within the Brezhnev period used to be boring and formulaic. Tracing the emergence of play, clash, and festival on Soviet information courses, serial motion pictures, and diversity and video game exhibits, Evans exhibits that Soviet valuable Television’s most well liked indicates have been experimental and inventive, laying the basis for Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms and the post-Soviet media system.

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KVN was canceled in 1972, and its elite student protagonists were absent from Youth Desk game shows until the creation, in 1977, of another game show featuring student youth: Vladimir Voroshilov’s What? Where? When? [Chto? Gde? ]. But the experimentation with audience judging and fair rules that KVN’s critics and fans had long called for was realized on a series of new game shows created in 1969–70. 58 Soviet game shows of the early 1970s that followed KVN conjured, in carefully delimited spheres, a Soviet system that observed its own democratic laws.

Of course, the gendering of television as a masculine, high-status medium did not preclude successful careers for individual women on and off the air. Central Television’s flagship news program Time [Vremia], was hosted by a male-female pair of anchors, as were its high-profile holiday variety shows. Valentina Leont’eva, the most famous television hostess of the late 1950s and ’60s, remained on air for more than three decades. Her roles were often explicitly feminized—hosting an emotional talk show and leading the beloved children’s program Good Night Little Ones, but her longevity and prominence are hard to dismiss.

I thank them and the participants of the Midwest Russian History Workshop for making me feel at home. Most recently, I thank the anonymous reviewers of this manuscript for their insightful and generous comments, as well as the editorial staff at Yale University Press and my series editors, Catriona Kelly, Doug Rogers, and Mark Steinberg, for their advocacy on my behalf. This book was supported by generous grants and fellowships from a number of institutions. S. Department of Education Fulbright Hays Program, the Department of History and the Institute for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (under the indefatigable leadership of Ned Walker) at the University of California Berkeley, the Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund, the Wayne State University Humanities Center, the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan, and the Center for 21st Century Studies and the Graduate School Research Committee of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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