RUSS 275
Russian and Soviet Cinema Spring 2019 Division I; Cross-listed as COMP287 / RUSS275

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In this course, we will survey over a hundred years of Russian and Soviet film to explore how cinema has reflected and, at times, created the country’s most important historical events and cultural myths. We will pay close attention to Russian filmmakers’ varied reactions to Hollywood cinema, as well as to the lively body of cinema theory that these reactions generated. Our survey will begin in the pre-Revolutionary era and include representative films from the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalinism and World War II, the Thaw and Stagnation, Glasnost, and the Putin era. In addition to studying films by auteur filmmakers, such as Sergei Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Aleksandr Sokurov, we will watch movies made for the masses, which have helped to form Russians’ understanding of their country and themselves. All readings will be in English and all films will be viewed with English subtitles
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 3738
Requirements/Evaluation: completion of all viewing and reading assignments, active participation in class discussions, two short papers, and a final research project
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I;
Attributes: INST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives

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