Post-Soviet Russian Cinema
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3004
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
- Media Studies
This course examines the evolution of Russian cinema and its major directors and films since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Freed from government censorship and state subsidies and liberated from the requirement of promoting the political formation of a communist society, the Russian film industry was forced to discover a new economic foundation and a new role within the national and worldwide entertainment industries. Topics discussed in the class include the breakdown of taboos, such as those around sexuality; the introduction of genres new to Russia, such as gangster films and musicals; the search for a new "Russian" ideology; and the influence of Hollywood. We study the work of directors Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergei Bodrov, Aleksei Balabanov, Pavel Lungin, and Andrei Zvyagintsev.