Explores early Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet film. Features filmmakers: Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Vsevold Pudovkin, Andrei Tarkovsky, Alexandr Sourov, and others. Focuses on critical materials pertaining to filmmaking and film theory.
How has cinema reflected Russia’s fortunes since the 1991 dissolution of the USSR? The tumultuous post-Soviet era saw the collapse of the Russian film industry; the domination of the market by foreign (especially American) product; and the slow return of the industry as the country’s economy recovered under the Putin administration. We will consider the differences between Western and Russian filmmaking practices; explore Russian cinema’s major themes, genres, auteurs and technological changes of the last 21 years; and produce our own film criticism. Students can expect to view, read and write about films by Nikita Mikhalkov, Kira Muratova, Alexander Sokurov, Alexei Balabanov, Yevgeny Yufit, Timur Bekmambetov and others. All movies and readings in English.