This short essay by two excellent connoisseurs of ex-Soviet Central Asian cinema provides a historical overview from the origins of Central Asian movies in the 1920s to the present.  Although deprived of a real critical apparatus, the text offers an interesting chronological marking out on the Soviet and current times.  Moralising considerations (for instance, on the outburst of B movies production in the early 1990s) may have been replaced by further research on the role played by cinema as an ideological tool against vernacular “mafias”, and as a laundering instrument for these same “mafias” in the years before and after independence (excellent, though elliptic considerations by the authors on M. Smagulov and his ‘Catharsis’ production society in Kazakhstan in the years before and after independence).

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-4.6-388