Cinema & Russian Revolution
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3043
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Explores the convergence between revolutionary politics and revolutionary cinema in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Following the Bolshevik seizure of power, young untested filmmakers found themselves responsible for creating a new cinema capable of reflecting the social transformations and utopian expectations raised by the Revolution. Looking closely at important films of the period, including Sergey Eisenstein's October (Ten Days that Shook the World (1928), Esfir Shub's The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927-28), and Vsevolod Pudovkin’s The End of St. Petersburg, (1927), and Mikhail Kalatozov’s A Nail in the Boot (1932), we will confront issues of revolutionary technique and ideology, the relationship between cinema and political power, and the role of the filmmaker in society. This is one of a continuing series of 1 credit, five-week courses on Russian cinema and its role in the development of World cinema which complement each other when taken sequentially.
Course Open to: Degree Students