Ms Natalja Poljakowa

Supervised by

  • Jon Hughes First/primary/lead supervisor


Personal profile

My doctoral research examines the distribution, censorship and reception of German films in Soviet Russia of the 1920s. It explores previously ignored aspects of the film exchange between the Weimar Republic and the Soviet Union: the process of selection and purchase, the censorship control over content, the reception of the films in little-known periodicals and film brochures and, finally, the influence of the imported productions on the Soviet audience. In my research, I examine the impact of German and Austrian films on the revival of the Soviet film industry in the period of the New Economic Policy and argue that Soviet film was shaped by the reception of German film to an extent that existing scholarship has not acknowledged.

The research is supervised by Jon Hughes and is funded by the Royal Holloway, University of London.

My wider research interests include Kulturfilme and short films in the Third Reich, and Symbolist theory of translation. I am also interested in the history of film archiving and film preservation.


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