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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2006

REE 325 • Russian Cinema - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44460 MWF
3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Course Description

This course will examine the development of Russian cinema after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. Special emphasis will be placed on Russia's attempts to define a new post-communist identity for itself - a problem that has been at the very heart of Russian cinema and fiction since the end of the perestroika period. Topics will range from the growth of the Russian skinhead movement ("Luna Park") in the early nineties to the rise of the new mafia culture in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union (A Friend of the Deceased) and, finally, the search for a Russian Rambo (The Brother and The Brother II) at the end of the nineties. We will end the course with Tarkovsky's ambitious and challenging exploration of Russianness in the film Nostalghia. All films will be examined in the light of contemporary political and social debates, as well as from a cinematic point of view.

Grading Policy

3 Essays (5-6 pp.) 60% Presentation 20% Quizzes and Participation 20%


LIST OF REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED FILMS: (ALL FILMS ON RESERVE AT UGL, EXCEPT THOSE MARKED WITH ASTERISK) Anna (1994), Nikita Mikhalkov The Brother (1997), Aleksei Balabanov The Brother 2 (2000), Aleksei Balabanov Close to Eden (1993), Nikita Mikhalkov A Friend of the Deceased (1998), Viatcheslav Krishtofovich * Land of the Deaf (1998), Valerii Todorovskii Luna Park (1992), Pavel Lungin Moscow Parade (1993) Ivan Dykhovichnyi Mother and Son (1997), Aleksandr Sokurov Nostalghia (1985), Andrei Tarkovsky *The Peculiarities of the National Hunt (1995), Aleksandr Rogozhkin Prisoner of the Mountains (1996), Sergei Bodrov Taxi Blues (1989), Pavel Lungin The Thief (1997) Pavel Chukhrai Window to Paris (1994) Iuri Mamin TEXTS: The Life of Insects (1994) [NOVEL], Victor Pelevin Coursepack


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