Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Reading Other People’s Letters in the 1970s: Reconstructing Soviet Spectatorship in Il’i͡a Averbakh’s Other People’s Letters (1975) *

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review

This paper studies audiences’ responses, published in the Soviet press of the 1970s, to Il’i͡a Averbakh’s 1975 film Other People’s Letters. Averbakh’s film was made in the context of a stiffening ideological situation in the country, on the one hand, and the commercialization of Soviet cinema, on the other hand. Young and adult viewers reacted to the film differently and recreated their own messages, in accordance to their position in the power structure. As it is evident from the analysis of film reviews and letters to the editors, regarding Other People’s Letters, the prevailing spectatorial position during the Brezhnev years was “negotiating,” thus continuing the tradition of the Thaw culture. It allowed Soviet viewers to discuss some unconventional questions, while still limiting their ability to openly talk about some other taboo topics. The negotiating position was challenged and manipulated by viewers who were associated with authoritative, official discourse.

Affiliations: 1: University of Pittsburgh,


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation