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 primary Television’s creation and programming within the a long time ahead of perestroika

within the first full-length learn of Soviet imperative tv to attract commonly on archival resources, interviews, and tv recordings, Evans demanding situations the concept that Soviet mass tradition within the Brezhnev period was once boring and formulaic. Tracing the emergence of play, clash, and pageant on Soviet information courses, serial movies, and diversity and video game indicates, Evans indicates that Soviet principal Television’s hottest exhibits have been experimental and inventive, laying the basis for Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms and the post-Soviet media system.

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Eleonor Gilburd, Faith Hillis, Elizabeth McGuire, Miriam Neirick, Serguei Oushakine, Knox Peden, Alexis Peri, Shawn Salmon, and Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock all read parts of this manuscript—often long parts on short notice—and offered invaluable suggestions along with much wisdom and encouragement. Stephen Brain, Molly Brunson, Lara Cohen, Anne O’Donnell, Nicole Eaton, Bill Goldman, Sarah Horowitz, John Pat Leary, Kristin Romberg, Erik Scott, Regine Spector, Jarrod Tanny, and Susanne Wengle offered important feedback, but also made my time in Berkeley, Moscow, and Detroit a lot more fun.

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.

Determine the fate of a country, but they retain their ambiguity, and their ambitions, in the present. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This book is the product of the generous intellectual, emotional, and financial support of many marvelous people. My advisor Yuri Slezkine, together with the late Reggie Zelnik, Victoria Frede, Margaret Lavinia Anderson, and Olga Matich, provided insight, kindness, and encouragement many times beyond what I deserved. Graduate school is often presented as a time of suffering and exploitation—for me it was an idyll spent with the most brilliant, generous, and ethical people imaginable.

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