Woman with a Movie Camera: My Life as a Russian Filmmaker: Constructs Series

Autor Marina Goldovskaya Traducere de Antonina W. Bouis Introducere de Robert Rosen
en Limba Engleză Paperback – oct 2006
Marina Goldovskaya is one of Russia's best-known documentary filmmakers. The first woman in Russia (and possibly the world) to combine being a director, writer, cinematographer, and producer, Goldovskaya has made over thirty documentary films and more than one hundred programs for Russian, European, Japanese, and American television. Her work, which includes the award-winning films The House on Arbat Street, The Shattered Mirror, and Solovky Power, has garnered international acclaim and won virtually every prize given for documentary filmmaking.
In Woman with a Movie Camera, Goldovskaya turns her lens on her own life and work, telling an adventurous, occasionally harrowing story of growing up in the Stalinist era and subsequently documenting Russian society from the 1960s, through the Thaw and Perestroika, to post-Soviet Russia. She recalls her childhood in a Moscow apartment building that housed famous filmmakers, being one of only three women students at the State Film School, and working as an assistant cameraperson on the first film of Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia's most celebrated director. Reviewing her professional filmmaking career, which began in the 1960s, Goldovskaya reveals her passion for creating films that presented a truthful picture of Soviet life, as well as the challenges of working within (and sometimes subverting) the bureaucracies that controlled Russian film and television production and distribution. Along the way, she describes a host of notable figures in Russian film, theater, art, and politics, as well as the technological evolution of filmmaking from film to video to digital media.
A compelling portrait of a woman who broke gender and political barriers, as well as the eventful four decades of Russian history she has documented, Woman with a Movie Camera will be fascinating reading for a wide audience.
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ISBN-13: 9780292713437
ISBN-10: 0292713436
Pagini: 288
Ilustrații: 64 b&w photographs
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 16 mm
Greutate: 0.49 kg
Editura: University of Texas Press
Colecția University of Texas Press
Seria Constructs Series

Locul publicării:United States

Notă biografică

Marina Goldovskaya is Professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA, where she heads the documentary film program. In 2005, the Russian Association for Nonfiction Film and Television awarded her the Laurel Prize for a lifetime contribution to the art of documenting Russian history.


  • Foreword by Robert Rosen
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Father
  • Childhood
  • Our House
  • Bolshevo
  • Those Times
  • I Will Be a Camerawoman
  • Where to Next?
  • Lessons of Television
  • Teaching
  • The Weavers
  • My First Film Portrait
  • Professional Infatuations
  • Them
  • The Ordeal
  • Compromises
  • Sharp Angles
  • On the Threshold of Change
  • Arkhangelsk Muzhik
  • Oleg Efremov
  • Solovki Power
  • Life Is More Talented Than We Are
  • Perestroika: Another Life
  • A Taste of Freedom
  • Once More about Scripts
  • Earthquake
  • The House on Arbat Street
  • Life with a Camera
  • Technology and Creativity
  • The Prince
  • On Ethics
  • Life with a Camera (Continued)
  • Documentary Trip
  • Filmography of Marina Goldovskaya
  • Appendix: Notable Figures in Soviet Filmmaking and Other Arts


A fascinating autobiography that tells the intertwining stories of one of Russia’s best-known documentary filmmakers and the eventful half century of Russian history she has recorded.