Cinema in the context of Latvian culture 1920-1940
Inga Perkone
Cinema in the context of Latvian culture 1920-1940
Master of Arts paper
Supervisor prof. Peteris Lakis
Latvian Academy of Culture
Riga, 1947
Cinematograph entered the total view of culture in the interchange of the 19th and 20th centuries. At the beginning it was interesting for people as a technical phenomenon, but pretty soon it disclosed its nature as a type of art that was dedicated to the widest masses. It was determined to take down all the bounds - national, ethnical, social and language barriers as well.
In the territory of Latvia people acquainted themselves with cinematograph in 1896, and before the WW I being one of the culture centres in tsarist Russia Riga became a cinema centre too, where films were not only watched but shot as well.
After the Republic of Latvia was founded cinema became the public most asked for type of art. It is paradoxical that up to now there is not a single research of cinema life in Latvia in 1920s - 1940s.
The facts lhat characterise the cinema system in Latvia are for
the first time considered and investigated in the work written by Inga Perkone, and namely, the state culture policy in the field of cinema, its legislation, repertoire of films, censorship, work of film distributors and cinemas, the influence of films to society, the forming and development of the national film
art. The general tendencies of the Latvian culture in 20s-30s are also
characterised in this work.
The author does not consider that she has exhausted the theme
declared in the leading and foresees to eloborate it in a large scale monograph that would furnish a complete idea about the cinema phenomenon in the context of Latvian culture


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