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Microform Collection: Association of Workers of Revolutionary Cinematography

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From the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI)

Founded in 1924 by a group of filmmakers led by Sergei Eisenstein and Lev Kuleshov, ARRK aimed to establish and maintain ideological control over the making of films. Its members included most of leading Soviet filmmakers, including Pudovkin, Vertov, Kozintsev, Trauberg, Yutkevich, and Ermler. The organization set up branches in nearly all film studios and published the weekly newspaper Kino and the magazines Sovietsky ekran and Kino i kultura. ARRK not only promoted and monitored proletarian ideology in films, but confronted technical challenges, such as the introduction of sound as well. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, notes and minutes of meetings and the organization's periodicals.

Yale owns all 14 microfilm reels of the collection. Scholars can consult these sources in the Microtext Reading Room, which is in the basement of Sterling Memorial Library. A published guide to the collection is in the Microtext Reading Room under the call number Z2519 +A88 1999 (LC).

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LOCATION: SML, Microform (Non-Circulating)
CALL NUMBER: Film B18268