Slavic Languages and Literatures | Russian and Soviet Film
R352 | ALL | Beinek


This course is an introduction to Russian and Soviet cinema since the 1920s (the movies
shown include The Battleship Potemkin by Eisenstein and Man with a Movie Camera by
Dziga Vertov); through the post/war Soviet period: Ivan the Terrible by Eisenstein (1944-
58), The Color of Pomegranates by Parajanov (1968), The Mirror by Tarkovsky (1975), and
Irony of Fate by Ryazanov (1975); and in the pre/perestroika and post-communist times:
Repentance by Abuladze (1984-87), Little Vera by Pichul (1988), Passions by Muratova
(1994), Oscar-winning Burnt by the Sun by Mikhalkov (1994), and Brother  by Bodrov
(1997). Contemporary Russian cinema is represented by films such as The Russian Ark by
Sokurov (2002) and a latest interesting arrival from Russia. The class is arranged around
thematic modules such as  Russian film and history, ideology, private/public sphere, women
and gender, literary adaptations, and the comedy genre. No knowledge of Russian
necessary.