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Platon Kerzhentsev: The Successes of the New Theater (1922)
The Successes of the New Theater (1922)
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Platon Kerzhentsev

The Successes of the New Theater (1922)

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  • History of photography
  • Russia
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Platon Kerzhentsev

(1881–1940), Soviet revolutionary and journalist, wrote one of the most widely read and well-received books about the theater of the revolution, Creative Theater (Tvorcheski teatr, 1923).
Other texts by Platon Kerzhentsev for DIAPHANES
Inke Arns (ed.), Igor Chubarov (ed.), ...: Nikolai Evreinov: »The Storming of the Winter Palace«

In 1920, the third anniversary of the October Revolution, The Storming of the Winter Palace was performed with a cast of 10,000. But as a reenactment this mass spectacle, directed by Nikolai Evreinov, was deceptive. It was intended to recall something—the storming of the Winter Palace as the beginning of the revolution—that it itself produced as a theatrical medium. This volume reconstructs the event with texts, photographs, and drawings, and shows how not only in the Soviet Union did the photograph of the theatrical “storming” become a historical document of the October Revolution.