Slavic rev. volume 57, issue 4, P878-879 1998 DOI: 10.2307/2501051 View full text
Stephen Kotkin

Abstract: Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens's Song of Heroes, shot in Magnitogorsk in die spring of 1932, celebrates the building of socialism as reflected in the lives of enthusiastic young men and women. Pieter Jan Smit, also Dutch, opens his documentary some sixty years later in a Magnitogorsk cinema widi a small group of people watching the Ivens film. Midway through Smit's work, the narrator remarks that Ivens's images of the first Five-Year Plan shown in Moscow and around the world in 1933, were once the only ones avail…

expand abstract