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Профилактика и цензура. Ролята на държавна сигурност и случаят „Една жена на 33“
Prevention and Censorship. The Role of the State Security Service and the A Woman at 33 Case

Author(s): Deyan Statulov
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Political history, History of Communism, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: This article explores the role of the State Security Services (DS) in the censorship machine of the communist authorities and institutions, running and implementing production processes as well as in the distribution of Bulgarian feature films in the period 1948–1989. Using archival documents of the Central Committee (CC) of the Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) from the repository of the Central State archives, the influence mechanisms of the DS are traced out. In the course of this study it becomes clear that the State Security Service would not deal with the concrete artworks directly as a censorial overseer, but rather the operative work of the security agents often directly influenced the future suppression of both films and scripts and of authors. Using newly found archival items from the repository of the Central State archives, the article traces out stage by stage the story of the movie A Woman at 33, from its premiere to its public condemnation and banning from theatrical distribution.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 31-37
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian