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Rosemari Bainbridge


Trinity College

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My doctoral project investigates the relationship between words and images in Russian and Soviet silent cinema with the aim of liberating the much-maligned intertitle: film was a privileged site in which words could, and were expected to, fulfil a variety of functions. The identification of formative moments in the history of cinema when Soviet film-makers fully embraced the linguistic and aesthetic potentials that lie at the boundary between image and text is central to my argument; words were not included in silent films for their content meaning alone. This work has been influenced by research that I conducted for my MA dissertation at the University of Durham, which explored the earliest activities of Viktor Shklovsky in the Soviet film industry.