Albanian Cinema through the Fall of Communism
Albanian Cinema through the Fall of Communism
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Preface: A Personal Journey towards and through Albania and Its Cinema
Introduction: Albania: The Context for a Little-Known Cinema
Chapter I: The Roots of Cinema in Albania: The Ottoman Period, Independence, and the Fascist Occupation
Chapter II: The Birth and Development of a Socialist Cinema in Albania
Chapter III: The Flourishing of Kinostudio
Chapter IV: A Cinema in Isolation
Chapter V: Kinostudio in the Post-Hoxha Era
Works Cited
Some Words in Conclusion—Towards a Cinema of Postcommunism
Works Cited

Bruce Williams

Albanian Cinema through the Fall of Communism

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Albanian cinema truly represents a terra incognita for most of the world. Decidedly Europe’s most isolated country during the Cold War era, communist Albania had already been cut off from the West for centuries as a one of the western-most outposts of the Ottoman empire. Nonetheless, and unknown to most of the world, communist Albania had a vibrant cinema tradition. Although bound by official orthodoxy, the films of the state-run Kinostudio enterprise were surprisingly innovative and, at times, daringly subversive. This book opens with examinations of moving images in Albania from the Ottoman period, through those captured under independence and the Fascist occupation. It subsequently foregrounds transformations in Kinostudio, from the early optimism of socialist realism through the brooding social angst of the 1980s, which constitute a bridge to the socioeconomic concerns of Albanian films of the postcommunist period.

Bruce Williams

Bruce Williams is a professor of cultural studies at the William Paterson University of New Jersey. A specialist in film theory and history, his areas of research focus range from issues of national identity in the cinema to films of ethnic minority expression. He is co-author, with Keumsil Kim-Yoon of Two Lenses on the Korean Ethos: Key Cultural Concepts and Their Appearance in Cinema (2015). Williams has published extensively on Hispanic film and on the ‘other cinema’ of Europe. His current research foregrounds Albanian cinema in the transnational era.