Of the many artistic genres that shaped the Culture and Civilization of Stalinism, arguably none was more significant than cinema. Newsreels, animated shorts, and feature films were among the most popular and effective instruments in communicating Communist ideas and values


As was true of other artistic genres which adhered to the post-1932 “official style” of Stalinist culture, socialist realism, painting was above all intended to serve didactic, or instructional purposes. Individual artists were responsible for capturing on canvas the “objective