This collection of 376 documents deals with the evacuation of film-studios (from Moscow and Leningrad) during WWII, their relocation in Central Asia (Tashkent, Stalinabad, Ashkhabad, Alma-Ata), and eventually their return to Russia and Ukraine. The compiler has gathered materials from Russia’s archives only (RGASPI, RGALI, and the Museum of Cinema). If one can deplore that, as a result, the Russian viewpoint is the only conveyed in the present collection, the documents however deliver invaluable information on the functioning of the film studios of the Uzbek SSR during the war, and on the making of some Central Asia films (such as Alisher Navoi and Hamza, for instance).

Cloé Drieu, School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris
CER: II-3.1.D-145