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

Spring 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44745 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
GAR 0.132
PHR 2.114

Course Description

In this course we will examine Russian filmmaking in political and social context from the 1920s through the 1960s. The goals of the course include o Learning to "read" films critically and creatively o Gaining appreciation for Russian avant-garde and entertainment films o Learning about Russian revolutionary and Soviet culture through its films o Learning to write very brief, concise, articulate essays o Enjoying the research and writing of an extended essay on some aspect of Russian film

Grading Policy

Participation in Discussion: 30% Very Short Weekly Assignments 30% Research Paper 40%, of which: Topic and bibliography 5% Prospectus 5% 1000-word section 10% Final Paper 20% Additional information on writing assignments will be distributed in class.

There are two kinds of writing assignment are used in this class. 1. Very Short Weekly response papers based on the reading and screening. These are intended to help you think through at least one aspect of the week's topic and be better prepared for discussion. Papers may be no longer than 350 words. Response papers are due by 10am on Wednesday mornings; preferably via email. I like to read most of them before the class meets. 2. Research paper. Each student will write a 3000-3500 word research paper based on a topic related to the course. The final paper will be preceded by a schedule of preliminary writing exercises and much class discussion about topics, resources, research and writing tactics, and your results. Each of you will present a final oral report of no more than 5 minutes about your project.


David Gillespie, Russian Cinema Denise Youngblood Movies for the Masses David Bordwell, The Cinema of Eisenstein Joan Neuberger, Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion Emma Widdis, Alexander Medvedkin Lilya Kaganovsky, How the Soviet Man was (Un)Made Optional: Gregory Freeze, Russia: A History (on reserve in PCL)


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