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Първи стъпки на социалистическата пропаганда в българското игрално кино
First steps of socialist propaganda in Bulgarian feature cinema

Author(s): Deyan Statulov
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Bulgarian cinema; socialism; propaganda

Summary/Abstract: The monopoly of the Bulgarian Communist Party in the governance of the country after 1944 also imposes such on cultural processes. It is established through a “cultural revolution” that should unify spiritual life on the basis of Marxist-Leninist ideology; to strengthen the state principle in it and to place it under the control of the Party. This leads to a simplistic depiction and an impoverishment of creativity. The Bulgarian Communist Party confirms this method with political coercion and increased material dependence of the authors from the state. Creative unions are placed under direct party control. The private initiative in the cultural sphere has been liquidated. The “Agitation and Propaganda” department is being established at the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the purpose of which is not only to monitor the correct ideological narrative in art, but also to give instructions and control in timely and effective implementation of the propaganda functions of the newly opened cultural front of the Party. This paper is aimed at specific examples of the first attempts of the communist authorities in Bulgaria to use the cinema as means of propaganda of the new political doctrine.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 45-50
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian