Slavic Languages and Literatures | Russian and Soviet Film
R552 | ALL | Beinek


This course is an introduction to Russian and Soviet cinema since
the 1920s to present day. The class films and readings are arranged
around thematic modules such as Russian/Soviet film and history,
ideology, memory, private/public sphere, women and gender, literary
adaptations, and the comedy genre. Each week we will watch and
discuss two movies. The oldest movies shown include classics of
early Soviet cinema such as The Battleship Potemkin and October
directed by Eisenstein (1925 and 1928, respectively), Bed and Sofa
by Room (1927), and Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov (1929).
The post-war Soviet period is represented by the 1958 Palme dOr
winner The Cranes Are Flying by Kalatozov (1957), Shadows of
Forgotten Ancestors by Parajanov (1964), Irony of Fate by Ryazanov
(1975), Stalker by Tarkovsky (1979), and the Academy Award winner in
the best foreign film category Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears by
Menshov (1979). The late Soviet period of glasnost and perestroika
allowed for making movies that foreshadowed the collapse of
communism such as Repentance by Abuladze (1984-87) and Little Vera
by Pichul (1988). The post-communist Russian cinema is discussed on
the basis of Passions by Muratova (1994), Oscar-winning Burnt by the
Sun by Mikhalkov (1994), Window to Paris (Mamin, 1994), Brother by
Balabanov (1997), and The Russian Ark by Sokurov (2002). No
knowledge of Russian necessary. All movies in Russian with English
subtitles.