Centrality and Centralisation: A Social Network Analysis of the Early Soviet Film Industry, 1918-1953


  • Joan Neuberger University of Texas at Austin




The Soviet film industry, like any other institution, was made up of networks of people who knew each other, or who knew people who knew each other. In this article, Joan Neuberger examines some of those relationships using digital social network analysis. Applying digital network analysis to the connections between the directors and actors working in Soviet film during the period 1918-1953, she shows, first, some of the benefits of obscurity, and second, that changes in ethnic and regional integration during this period offer a different picture of centralisation than a study of political centralisation.

Author Biography

Joan Neuberger, University of Texas at Austin

Joan Neuberger is Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent book is This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019). She is Editor of the online public history website, Not Even Past and co-host of the podcast 15 Minute History. Her current project is a part-digital, part-textual study, entitled, Global Eisenstein: Immersion in Nature, Art, and the World.




How to Cite

Neuberger, Joan. 2020. “Centrality and Centralisation: A Social Network Analysis of the Early Soviet Film Industry, 1918-1953”. Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, no. 10 (October). https://doi.org/10.17892/app.2020.00010.177.