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.
How to Cite:
Nicholson, H N. “Journeys into Seeing: Amateur Film-making and Tourist Encounters in Soviet Russia, c. 1932”. New Readings, vol. 10, 2009, pp. 57–71. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/newreadings.71