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CHID 270 C: Special Topics

Russian Cinema: Russian Revolutions

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
ART 003
Joint Sections: 
RUSS 223 A
Sasha Senderovich

Syllabus Description:

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Prof. Sasha Senderovich //

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Course syllabus: Russian 223 : CHID 270C – Russian Revolutions Film -- syllabus Fall 2017.docx

From the early years of the Soviet avant-garde to the post-Stalinist era of covert critique and the Putin regime that is still ongoing, Russian film offers an intriguing perspective on Russian/Soviet/post-Soviet life and the art of film. We will explore the pioneering cinema of Eisenstein, Vertov, and Pudovkin; the Hollywood-modeled propaganda films and musical comedies of the 1930s; the representation of World War II; the aesthetic and moral quests of post-Stalinist filmmakers like Kolotozov, Muratova, and Shepitko; and new directions in post-Soviet cinema from the end of the USSR to the Putin era.

This quarter, because 2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, we will focus specifically on thinking about the past century in Russian film as dealing with the revolution as a subject. Or, rather, revolutions—plural—in society, everyday life, gender, sexuality, and the art of cinema itself.

Additional Details:

Russian Revolutions: English subtitles. From the Soviet avante-garde to the Stalin era and contemporary cinema in the age of Putin. Among the filmmakers studied are Eisenstein, Vertov, Muratova, and Tarkovsky. 

Instructor will be Sasha Senderovich - see profile on Slavic Dept website.

Catalog Description: 
Each special topics course examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:11pm