This 5-session course will present an overview of Russian cinema during four key periods of contemporary Russian history. The tentative film list is as follows:
1) The Gorbachev era and perestroika: Repentance (filmed in 1984, released in 1987), directed by Tengiz Abuladze
2) The Yeltsin era: Brother (1997), directed by Aleksei Balabanov
3) Putin’s first presidential term (1999-2008): Russian Ark (2002), directed by Alexander Sokurov
4) Putin’s second Presidential term (2012-present): Leviathan, (2014) directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev
The course will focus on the cultural and historical context in which the films were produced. All films are available for streaming and should be viewed at home before class. (Note: members will need access to Amazon Prime to view Brother. The other films are available on both YouTube and Amazon Prime.) Historical and other background materials will be provided in advance of each film discussion. We will discuss the films during class.