Classics of Soviet Cinema

This four-session course will present an overview of four Soviet films from four key periods of Soviet history:

1. The post-revolutionary years – Man with a Movie Camera (1929), directed by Dziga Vertov
2. The Stalin era – Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944), directed by Sergei Eisenstein
3. The Krushchev thaw – Ballad of a Soldier (1959), directed by Grigroy Chukhray
4. The Brezhnev era – The Mirror (1975), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

The course will focus on the historical context in which the films were produced. We will view and discuss the films during each session. Historical and other background materials, as well as posed questions, will be provided in advance of each film discussion.

  • Group Leader(s): CATHY MANNICK
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Times: 3:00 to 6:00pm
  • Start Date: 2/5/2020
  • End Date: 2/26/2020
  • Sessions: 4
  • Exceptions: recurring
  • Venue: Fisher College
  • Teaching Style: Lecture with questions
  • Weekly Preparation: 1 hour
  • Biography:

    Cathy Mannick is an angel investor and former international lawyer with 20 years of experience representing U.S. businesses in the former Soviet Union. She currently Chairs the Advisory Board of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and is a trustee of the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts. Cathy earned her undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also earned an M.A. in history from Harvard where she was a tutor in the History and Literature Department, focusing on early 20th century Russian and Soviet history.

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