The Ideal Man in Soviet and Bulgarian Cinema

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Abstract

In Bulgarian cinema, after Bulgaria joined the communist bloc in 1946, there was a great deal of communist propaganda. The propaganda presented the viewing public with a model of the ideal man of the new age of communism as an example it should follow. This ideal man had remarkable skill in operating large and heavy mechanisms of benefit to the public-at-large and which promoted the communist ideology. A woman looking for a husband was finally convinced that he was the one who could bring her happiness, and she chose him to build a strong socialist family. The Bulgarian feature film “It Happened in the Street" (1955) presents Misho, a young driver of a large truck. He meets a girl called Katerina and falls in love with her. She is convinced that Misho is the right man for her, partially because he operates a truck. This cinematic model was influenced by the example of Soviet cinema from the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-fifties. Soviet films also presented a young man imbued with the communist ideology who was capable of great achievements in work that benefited the public and promoted the ideology. This model influenced Bulgarian cinema after Bulgaria joined the communist bloc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalPhilology: International Scientific Journal
Volume5
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 2021

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