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Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” and Debates on Authority, Agency and Authenticity

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We argue that the film effectively generated political debates because it left viewers to grapple with a series of ambiguous positions, which merit attention at a moment when most observers are focused on the widening reach of Russian state “propaganda.” An account of how societal or civic voices responded to the state’s narratives reveals a very different and novel “map” of Russia’s contemporary ideological terrain.

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