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29th Sep '16 12:42:59 PM Morgenthaler
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A style of art prevalent in the SovietUnion and Eastern Bloc roughly between TheSovietTwenties and the death of JosephStalin. It was the only official and acceptable style of poetry, architecture and essentially any other art (with the CulturePolice ready to send you to the gulag if you disagreed).

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A style of art prevalent in the SovietUnion UsefulNotes/SovietUnion and Eastern Bloc roughly between TheSovietTwenties UsefulNotes/TheSovietTwenties and the death of JosephStalin.UsefulNotes/JosephStalin. It was the only official and acceptable style of poetry, architecture and essentially any other art (with the CulturePolice ready to send you to the gulag if you disagreed).
13th Jul '16 8:22:40 PM Terran117
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* ''Realistic.'' In terms of representation -- none of the abstract modern art hated by your grandpa -- anything not strictly representational was "decadent", "bourgeois", "formalist", etc.

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* ''Realistic.'' In terms of representation -- none of the abstract modern art hated by your grandpa -- anything not strictly representational was "decadent", "bourgeois", "formalist", etc.
etc. Basically the opposite of TrueArtIsIncomprehensible as the Soviets wanted to appeal to the common worker. In a twist of fate, most other socialists in the west began to favor abstract art.
4th Dec '15 10:35:30 PM Hadjorim
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** Technically, the first two were called "critical realism" because they depicted life under capitalism. Actual socialist realism took place in a {{Utopia}}n depiction of socialism and gave writers nightmares trying to put some conflict in.

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** Technically, the first two were called "critical realism" because they depicted life under capitalism. Actual socialist realism "realism" took place in a {{Utopia}}n depiction of socialism and gave writers nightmares trying to put some conflict in.
4th Nov '15 12:27:42 PM Terran117
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* ''Plattenbau'' architecture

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* ''Plattenbau'' architecturearchitecture (Although strictly what occurred under Stalin's reign. Much of the architecture post World War II used a similar, but less distinct style for urban development.)
7th Apr '14 10:41:59 AM LongLiveHumour
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* Common in {{North Korea}}n architecture. Pyongyang is actually thousands of years old, but you wouldn't know it from all the 1950s Soviet-style architecture. The city was actually bombed into near oblivion during TheKoreanWar, so the communist government rebuilt it largely from scratch. North Korea also does their propaganda posters in this style.

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* Common in {{North UsefulNotes/{{North Korea}}n architecture. Pyongyang is actually thousands of years old, but you wouldn't know it from all the 1950s Soviet-style architecture. The city was actually bombed into near oblivion during TheKoreanWar, UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, so the communist government rebuilt it largely from scratch. North Korea also does their propaganda posters in this style.
5th Jan '14 7:10:30 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Proletarian.'' Protagonist should be working class (this included farmers and soldiers, but usually we're talking about a factory drama).
* ''Typical.'' Situations that could happen (for instance in factory).
* ''Partisan.'' Advocating for Communism. The hero should either be oppressed by capitalists, agitating to crush capitalism, or owe much to the Communist Revolution - ideally all three. Depicting something merely because it exists is merely ''naturalism'' -- not good.

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* ''Proletarian.'' Protagonist The protagonists should be working class (this {{working class|Hero}}. This included farmers and soldiers, but usually we're talking about a factory drama).
drama.
* ''Typical.'' Situations The work should be based around situations that could happen (for instance instance, in a factory).
* ''Partisan.'' Advocating The work must explicitly advocate for Communism. The hero should either be oppressed by capitalists, agitating to crush capitalism, or owe much to the Communist Revolution - -- ideally all three. Depicting something merely because it exists is merely ''naturalism'' -- not good.



* ''Realistic.'' In terms of representation - none of the abstract modern art hated by your grandpa - anything not strictly representational was "decadent", "bourgeois", "formalist" etc.

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* ''Realistic.'' In terms of representation - -- none of the abstract modern art hated by your grandpa - -- anything not strictly representational was "decadent", "bourgeois", "formalist" "formalist", etc.



A young writer brings his first story to a publishing agency. The editor reads the first phrase: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet". "What? - he says. - A story about some anti-Soviet count? Where is the working class? Remake it!".

A day later, the writer comes again. The first line now reads: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet, and down the street Vakula the blacksmith was forging some whatchamacallit". "Better - said the editor. - But I don't see the role of Communism".

Another day later, the writer brings another version of the story: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet, and down the street Vakula the blacksmith was forging some whatchamacallit and singing L'Internationale". "Much better!" - said the editor. "The last thing to be added here is the bright future!"

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A -->A young writer brings his first story to a publishing agency. The editor reads the first phrase: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet". "What? - "What?" he says. - A "A story about some anti-Soviet count? Where is the working class? Remake it!".

it!"\\
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A day later, the writer comes again. The first line now reads: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet, and down the street Vakula the blacksmith was forging some whatchamacallit". "Better - "Better," said the editor. - But "But I don't see the role of Communism".

Communism."\\
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Another day later, the writer brings another version of the story: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet, and down the street Vakula the blacksmith was forging some whatchamacallit and singing L'Internationale". "Much better!" - said the editor. "The last thing to be added here is the bright future!"
future!"\\
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24th Oct '13 8:23:19 AM Ptorquemada
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To modern eyes, Socialist Realism sometimes seems to be bursting with HoYay. For example, [[http://www.mockduck.net/2009/09/06/oafish-state-sponsored-art/ this statue outside Prague's main rail station]] which depicts a large Russian soldier locked in a passionate embrace with a smaller Czechoslovak soldier.

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To modern eyes, Socialist Realism sometimes seems to be bursting with HoYay. For example, [[http://www.mockduck.net/2009/09/06/oafish-state-sponsored-art/ this statue outside Prague's main rail station]] which depicts a large Russian soldier locked in a passionate embrace with a smaller (somewhat effeminate) Czechoslovak soldier joyously embracing a significantly larger Russian soldier.
8th Aug '13 4:03:35 PM Jake
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Not to be confused with SocialRealism, which is a related style but distinct genre. Many social realist artists were also socialists (though not necessarily Marxists), but the style is not necessarily political.

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Not to be confused with SocialRealism, Social Realism, colloquially known as KitchenSinkDrama, which is a closely related style but a very distinct genre. Many social realist artists were also socialists (though not necessarily Marxists), but the style is not necessarily political.
political and certainly isn't part of any official PropagandaMachine when it is; if anything, it tends to be quite ''anti''-Establishment.
20th Jun '13 9:10:18 AM Kollega
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A style of art prevalent in the SovietUnion and Eastern Bloc roughly between WorldWarII and the death of JosephStalin. It was the only official and acceptable style of poetry, architecture and essentially any other art (with the CulturePolice ready to send you to the gulag if you disagreed).

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A style of art prevalent in the SovietUnion and Eastern Bloc roughly between WorldWarII TheSovietTwenties and the death of JosephStalin. It was the only official and acceptable style of poetry, architecture and essentially any other art (with the CulturePolice ready to send you to the gulag if you disagreed).



If you want to create something different... you can't. No, really. The Party gives you money. The Party is responsible for promotion of your works. [[ParanoiaFuel The Party knows where you live.]] If you create something in different style, you're a class traitor. They will not actually imprison you or charge you in court unless you actively tackle the Soviet system or ideology in your works, but they will never publish your work, and you will possibly get a social stigma.

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If you want to create something different... you can't. No, really. The Party gives you money. The Party is responsible for promotion of your works. [[ParanoiaFuel [[BigBrotherIsWatching The Party knows where you live.]] If you create something in different style, you're a class traitor. They will not actually imprison you or charge you in court unless you actively tackle the Soviet system or ideology in your works, but they will never publish your work, and you will possibly get a social stigma.
25th Apr '13 1:41:02 PM Narsil
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To modern eyes, Socialist Realism sometimes seems to be bursting with HoYay. For example, [[http://traveldk.com/prague/dk/sbratreni this statue outside Prague's main rail station]] which depicts a large Russian soldier locked in a passionate embrace with a smaller Czechoslovak soldier.

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To modern eyes, Socialist Realism sometimes seems to be bursting with HoYay. For example, [[http://traveldk.com/prague/dk/sbratreni [[http://www.mockduck.net/2009/09/06/oafish-state-sponsored-art/ this statue outside Prague's main rail station]] which depicts a large Russian soldier locked in a passionate embrace with a smaller Czechoslovak soldier.
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