CHID 270 C: Special Topics

Russian Cinema: Russian Revolutions

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

Syllabus Description:

Russian Revolutions: Film (Autumn 2017)

Prof. Sasha Senderovich //

From the early years of the Soviet avant-garde to the post-Stalinist era of covert critique, Russian film offers an intriguing perspective on Russian life, politics, and the art of film. We will explore the pioneering cinema of Eisenstein and Vertov; the Hollywood-modeled propaganda films of the 1930s; the representation of World War II in Soviet cinema; the aesthetic and moral quests of post-Stalinist filmmakers like Tarkovsky and Muratova; the comedies of the late Socialism; and the new directions in contemporary cinema in the age of Putin. All films are with English subtitles.

The course may include some of the following topics and films:

Revolutionary Aesthetics
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (dir. Lev Kuleshev, 1924)
The Battleship Potemkin (dir. Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
Aelita, the Queen of Mars (dir. Yakov Protazanov, 1924)
Man With a Movie Camera (dir. Dziga Vertov, 1929)
Bed and Sofa (dir. Abram Room, 1927)
Earth (dir. Oleksandr Dovzhenko, 1930)

Stalinism: From Musicals to the Personality Cult
Circus (dir. Grigory Alexandrov, 1936)
The Radiant Path (dir. Grigory Alexandrov, 1940)
Ivan the Terrible (dir. Sergei Eisenstein, Part One - 1944 and Part Two - 1946/released 1958)

Post-War Cinema and the Thaw
The Cranes are Flying (dir. Mikhail Kolotozov, 1957)
I am Twenty (dir. Marlen Khutsiev, 1959)
Mirror (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975)

The Stagnation Era: The Comic and the Everyday
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (dir. Vladimir Menshov, 1979; Oscars for Best Foreign Film, 1980)
The White Sun of the Desert (dir. Vladimir Motyl, 1969)
The Diamond Arm (dir. Leonid Gaidai, 1973)

Perestroika: History, Trauma, Sex
Repentance (dir. Tengiz Abuladze, 1983/1986)
Little Vera (dir. Vasily Pichul, 1988)
A House on the Arbat Street (dir. Marina Goldovskaia, 1993)

Russia after the Future: 1990s and the Putin era
Brother (dir. Alexei Balabanov, 1997)
The Return (dir. Alexander Zviagintsev, 2003)
Cargo-200 (dir. Alexei Balabanov, 2007
Hipsters (dir. Todorovsky, 2008)
Leviathan (dir. Alexander Zviagintsev, 2014)

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: 
September 22, 2017 - 9:11pm