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Историческая политика в России: репрезентация сталинской эпохи в популярном кинематографе

This article is devoted to the analysis of the politics of the past in relation to еhe Stalin era. After offering a systematization of the theories behind totaliarianism and describing the discourse of Stalin past, an attempt is made here to identify the key images of World War II and detect attitudes towards pre and post war period in the products of mass culture. This research is conducted within the scientific field of public history. This approach sheds light on the existence of a compromise in the reconstruction of the past between the authorities and society. 13 historical films were selected from box office data covering 2000 to 2014 including Stalingrad (2013), Burnt by the Sun 2 (2010), Spy (2012) and Hitler-Kaput! (2008). As a result of this research it became clear that certain periods of history are treated with silence; pre and post war periods are virtually absent in mass cinema. One identifiable trend was toward the transformation of classic historical drama into the heroic past: comic-style blockbusters about the super heroic past have been created.