Spring 2024

Russian and Soviet Film

Listed in: Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-341  |  Russian, as RUSS-241


Michael M. Kunichika (Section 01)


(Offered as RUSS 241 and FAMS 341) Lenin proclaimed, famously, that cinema was “the most important art of all” for the new Soviet republic.  This course explores the dramatic rise of Russian film to state-sanctioned prominence and the complex role it came to play in modern Russia’s cultural history.  We examine the radical experiments of visionary filmmakers who invented the language of film art (Bauer, Kuleshov, Eisenstein, Vertov, Dovzhenko); the self-conscious masterpieces of auteurs who probed the limits of that language (Tarkovsky, Paradzhanov, Sokurov); and the surprising ways in which films ostensibly designed to enact cultural and social myths of power, history, and national identity in the end reshaped their makers, their audiences, and the myths themselves. Two 80-minute meetings a week. 

Offered Spring Semester. Professor Kunichika.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Visual analysis and analytical writing

RUSS 241 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM WEBS 217
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM WEBS 217


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2016