CMS 320 A: Cinema and Nation

Autumn 2024
Meeting:
TTh 8:30am - 10:20am / ARC 160
SLN:
12932
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
RUSS 223 A , CHID 270 B
Instructor:
Sasha Senderovich
SOVIET CINEMA SAME AS RUSS 223 A AND CHID 270 B
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

SOVIET CINEMA: REVOLUTIONS

From the early years of the Soviet avant-garde to the post-Stalin era of covert critique, Soviet cinema offers an intriguing perspective on life in the USSR and the art of film. We will explore the pioneering cinema of Eisenstein, Vertov, Pudovkin, and Dovzhenko; the Hollywood-modeled propaganda films and musical comedies of the 1930s; the representation of World War II; the aesthetic and moral quests of post-Stalin era filmmakers like Kalatozov, Muratova, Shepitko, and Tarkovsky; and comedies, socially critical films, and new cinematic directions at the end of the USSR. With Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine, we will also explore Soviet-era films by filmmakers sensitively exploring Soviet and Russian imperialism that anticipates its resurgence in the present, under Putin. 

With the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution marked only very recently, we will approach our thinking about Soviet film by focusing on the revolution as a subject. Or, rather, revolutions—plural—in society, everyday life, gender, sexuality, and the art of cinema itself.

CMS students: If CMS 320 section is full, sign up for RUSS 223 -- it's the same course and the same group and the same professor and the same assignments -- but, for bureaucratic reasons, there are more seats in RUSS 223.

Course materials: All films are available with English subtitles. All films are available to stream online on a combination of platforms, including Youtube (free), Kanopy (free), and also through Canvas (also free). There may be 1-2 films that need to be rented on one of the streaming platforms, but that’s an exception: for the most part, there are no expenses associated with acquisition of any course materials. There are no textbooks that students are required to purchase. I will be posting links for each film, in Canvas.

Catalog Description:
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
July 11, 2024 - 11:07 am