Post-War Russian Cinema: 'The Thaw' and Beyond
What did the Soviet Union look like between the years 1945 and 1991 - on film? This course examines Russian culture and post-war history - including the rebuilding of the country, the post-Stalinist "Thaw," the years of Stagnation, and the new freedoms of Perestroika - through a cinematic lens. We will consider the differences between Western and Soviet filmmaking practices; major themes and genres; censorship and the cult of the artist in post-war Russia; as well as how all these change over the decades. Students can expect to view and read about films by Mikhail Kalatozov, Grigorii Chukhrai, Andrei Tarkovsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Leonid Gaidai, Kira Muratova, Alexander Sokurov, Tengis Abuladze and Georgii Daneliya, among others. All readings/viewings in English/English translation.