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C LIT 423 A: East European Film

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
MGH 231
Gordana Crnkovic

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This course focuses on East European directors who moved to the “West” (e.g., Miloš Forman, Roman Polanski, Dušan Makavejev, Agnieszka Holland), on the comparison between their East European production and their American or Western European one, and on the things we can learn about these authors’ work in particular and Eastern European cinema in general from this comparative perspective.   We will examine in more depth the cinema of filmmakers such as Miloš Forman, who did outstanding films in his native Czechoslovakia at the time of the so-called Czech New Wave of the late sixties, and then proceeded to make some of the most “American” Hollywood films, such as One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The People vs. Larry Flint, Roman Polanski, director of the Hollywood classic Chinatown and the 2003 Academy Award winner The Pianist, Agnieszka Holland, who worked in her native Poland but also in Germany, France, Great Britain, and the USA, Hungarian István Szabó, and Yugoslav Dušan Makavejev.

This course will also offer a basic survey of Eastern European film production in the post-World War II period, examining issues of film making in a non-market society, the strong presence of women directors and gender-related themes in East European cinema, the vibrant tradition of experimental and animated films, and East European film in the socialist and post-socialist eras.  No prerequisites.

Catalog Description: 
Studies major East European film makers who left their countries at some point in their careers. Compares East European and Western production of those directors who worked partially in the West. Offered: jointly with SLAVIC 423.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:21am