HIS 350L • Rus & Sov Film: Uses of Hist - W
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Russian and Soviet filmmakers have always used historical topics both for entertainment and to examine their country's most vexing political, social, and moral dilemmas. This course will explore modern Russian history through its various representations in films --in entertainment features, historical documentaries, animation, and avant-garde experiments. Emphasis in discussions and writing assignments will be on the ways that films "write" history; the changing uses of history in various contexts; the cultural and political pressures that shaped the depictions of historical issues in particular periods; and responses to historical films. Goals of this course include learning to view films analytically -- as texts constructed in a specific time, place, and culture; and gaining a better understanding of the ways that popular historical memory is shaped in culture and politics. Particular films will focus on pre-revolutionary society, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, the building of Socialism, Stalinism, the second World War, and post-war culture, and late-soviet anomie. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Seminar in history: discussion, reading, and research in a small class.
FILMS: Bauer, CHILD OF THE BIG CITY, DAYDREAMS, FOR HAPPINESS Eisenstein, POTEMKIN, IVAN THE TERRIBLE Pudovkin, THE END OF ST. PETERSBURG Shub, THE END OF THE ROMANOV DYNASTY Barnet, THE GIRL WITH A HATBOX Room, BED AND SOFA Vasiliev and Vasiliev, CHAPAEv Askoldov, THE COMMISSAR Protozanov, AELITA Kalatozov, CRANES ARE FLYING Abuladze, REPENTANCE Tarkovsky, ANDREI RUBLEV Nikita Mikhalkov, CLOSE TO EDEN Kytruk, MAN IN A PICTURE FRAME, FILM-FILM-FILM Norstein, STORY OF STORIES Juris Podnieks, SOVIETS
Denise Youngblood, MOVIES FOR THE MASSES David Bordwell, THE CINEMA OF EISENSTEIN Julian Graffy, BED AND SOFA Denise Youngblood and Josephine Woll, REPENTANCE Josephine Woll, CRANES ARE FLYING Vance Kepley, END OF ST PETERSBURG Joan Neuberger, IVAN THE TERRIBLE This class contains a substantial writing component