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Jose Alaniz
RUSS 223
Seattle Campus

Russian Cinema

Covers Russian cinema from its beginnings to the present day. Directors include Yevgenii Bauer, Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevoldo Pudovkin, Dziga Vertov, Mikhail Kalatozov, Andrei Tarkosvsky, Alexkei Balabanov, and Aleksandr Sokurov. Also "Russians in Hollywood." Covers the relevant sociopolitical context. Also features documentaries and animation. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

What did the Soviet Union look like between the years 1945 and 1991 – on film? This course examines Russian culture and post-World War II history – including the rebuilding of the country, the post-Stalinist “Thaw,? the years of Stagnation and the new freedoms of Perestroika – through a cinematic lens. We will consider the differences between Western and Soviet filmmaking practices; major themes and genres; censorship and the cult of the artist in postwar Russia; as well as how all these changed over the decades. Students can expect to view and read about films by Mikhail Kalatozov, Grigorii Chukhrai, Andrei Tarkovsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Leonid Gaidai, Kira Muratova, Alexander Sokurov, Tengis Abuladze and Georgii Daneliya, among others.

Student learning goals

Gain a familiarity with Russian cinema (trends, filmmakers, masterpieces) produced between 1945 and 1991/92.

Have an understanding of major historical, political and cultural events of the USSR in this period.

Critically analyze and discuss film through proper use of cinema scholarship terminology.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students can expect two formal written assignments, weekly reading responses and active class discussions.

Grades assigned based on level of engagement with course content, as assessed through assignments described above.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jose Alaniz
Date: 11/18/2013