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SLAVIC 223 A: East European Cinema

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
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SLN: 
21161
Joint Sections: 
CMS 397 C
Instructor:
Gordana Crnković

Syllabus Description:

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The Cinemas of Roman Polanski and Miloš Forman

SAME AS SLAVIC 223: IF CMS 397 C SECTION IS FULL, PLEASE ENROLL IN SLAVIC 223

Professor Gordana Crnković

TA: Taylor Eftimov

 

The early American films of Roman Polanski and Miloš Forman—including Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest—are considered Hollywood classics and commonly interpreted through the lens of the American film and cultural history. But both directors made their first entry onto the international scene in the late 1950s and 1960s with very different films made in their Eastern European homelands of the socialist era, Poland and Czechoslovakia respectively.

This course looks at and compares the cinemas of these two directors over the span of many decades, focusing on the major films and starting with early ones such as the highly abstract short Two Men and a Wardrobe (Polanski) on one hand and the documentary-like feature Loves of a Blonde (Forman) on the other, proceeding with their most well-known productions (the above mentioned Hollywood classics and films like Hair, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Tess, The Pianist) and ending with their latest and most recent works.

We will look at the changing ways in which the films of these two directors bring to our clearer apprehension the realms of solitude, victimization, personal and community politics, history, and art, and at the continuous aesthetic appeal behind these works.

Image: Loves of a Blonde

 

Catalog Description: 
Emphasizes international cultural, artistic, and historical diversity by introducing select contemporary Eastern European film directors. Focuses on a single filmmaker and studies his/her opus in depth, both in his/her Eastern European country of origin and abroad. Special attention paid to Eastern European filmmakers in Hollywood.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
May 5, 2021 - 10:59pm
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