Research article

Journeys into Seeing: Amateur Film-making and Tourist Encounters in Soviet Russia, c. 1932



This article examines in detail amateur film imagery of Soviet-era Russia held in the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University. It discusses footage made and shown during the early 1930s by an early regional cine enthusiast, and places the material within the context of contemporary developments of amateur film aesthetics, of meta-narratives of international relations, and most significantly of local inflections in the Manchester area of cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and the USSR. The article explores issues of East-West relations, identities and visual memory-making within broader considerations of amateur film practice, travel narration and tourism history.
  • Year: 2009
  • Volume: 10
  • Page/Article: 57-71
  • DOI: 10.18573/newreadings.71
  • Published on 1 Jan 2009
  • Peer Reviewed