INTRODUCTION

The movieKarnaval’naia noch’(Carnival night), directed by El’dar Riazanov and released in 1955, depicts a New Year’s Eve celebration in aklub(club), one of many institutions that hosted mass cultural activities.¹ Clubs hosted amateur music, dancing, and theater that attracted broad participation, te...

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Published in: Socialist Fun p. 1
Main Author: Gleb Tsipursky
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press 04-08-2016
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Summary: The movieKarnaval’naia noch’(Carnival night), directed by El’dar Riazanov and released in 1955, depicts a New Year’s Eve celebration in aklub(club), one of many institutions that hosted mass cultural activities.¹ Clubs hosted amateur music, dancing, and theater that attracted broad participation, termedkhudozhestvennaia samodeiatel’nost’(amateur artistic creativity), along with festive events such as youth parties and New Year celebrations. InKarnaval’naia noch’, Comrade Ogurtsov has taken charge of the club just before New Year’s Eve. Displeased with the plan for the festive evening, he demands that the program “be typical” and “most importantly, serious!” Ogurtsov thus forces
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