Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989

Synopsis

How do post-communist museums and cinema contribute to shaping the image of a communist past in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe? This is the first systematic analysis of the use of visual techniques in grasping what the previous regime means. Museums and memorials started mushrooming all over East and Central Europe, in the former communist world, after the past was lost 1989. While reflecting on possible, actual meanings of the lost history the aim of shaping public opinion and discourse of the recent communist past also became apparent. Most of these undertakings--movies included--tried hard to make political use of recollections of the earlier world, and employed select tools from contemporary museological, memorializing and new-media practice to make their politicized intent historically credible. Thirteen essays from scholars in the region deal with the use of new media in shaping and fashioning popular perception of the previous era, and provide a fresh approach to the subject.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • István Rév
  • Renata Uitz
  • BliÁzs Varga
  • Alexandru Solomon
  • Nevena Dakovic
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Budapest
Publication year:
  • 2008