INTRODUCTION

TO

RUSSIAN AND SOVIET FILM

RUSSIAN 265 - SPRING 1998

Instructor: Marc Robinson Old Main 12B x3160

Office Hours: 8-9 M, W and 10-11 T, or by appointment

Home: 707 St. Olaf Avenue, 645-5554 - No phone calls after 10:00, please.

Goals of the course:

This is an introductory film course designed to instruct the student in basic film analysis at the same time that she/he is introduced to Russian and Soviet cinema from the time of the revolution to the present.

Course requirements:

While attendance will not be taken, exam questions will be chosen from lectures, films and readings. Students are strongly advised not to miss the lectures or films. Students are also expected to complete the assigned readings on time and participate in discussions. Class participation will count for a portion of the final grade. The required texts are the following:

Film Form by Sergei Eisenstein. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Film Art: an Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson. McGraw Hill.

An Illustrated History of the Soviet Cinema by Neya Zorkaya.

Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky.

Papers and Examinations:

Each student will be required to write daily journals (3 pages per week) and three papers. One will be a film review of a movie of your choice (3 page minimum), the second short paper (also a minimum of 3 pages) will be a sequential analysis of a Russian or Soviet movie. This may or may not be a film screened during the course. The final film paper is a major film analysis (10 page minimum) for the course due MONDAY, MAY 4, 1996.

**NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED**

**YOU WILL RECEIVE A 0 FOR THAT PAPER - NO EXCUSES**

PERCENTAGE BREAKDOWN OF GRADES IS AS FOLLOWS:

15% each for mid-term and final 30%

10% for daily journals 10%

20% for the major (10-page) paper 20%

20% for class discussion 20%

10% each for the two smaller papers (3-page) 20%

TOTAL 100%
DATE CLASSROOM HOMEWORK
Mon.

Feb. 9

Introduction

Sign/Symbol

Battleship Potemkin

Zorkaya Zorkaya, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 to p. 54

Bordwell, Part III Chapter 6

Eisenstein, "Through Theater to Cinema"

VIEWING NO VIEWING THIS WEEK
WED.

FEB. 11

Battleship Potemkin

Early Russian film

Pudovkin, "On Editing"

Bordwell, Soviet Montage, pp 456.

Zorkaya, pp 63-73

Fri.

Feb.13

Discuss readings and continue with Eisenstein, Dovzhenko and early Russian films. Introduce Bed and Sofa Zorkaya, 75-88.

Eisenstein, "The Unexpected"

Bordwell, Part III, Chapter 8

Mon.

Feb. 16

Discuss Pudovkin and Kuleshov, Watch segments of Mother and The Extra-Ordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks Zorkaya, 88-101

Eisenstein, "The Cinematographic Principle and the Ideagram"

Bordwell, Part III, Chapter 9

During this week watch Bed and Sofaon reserve

VIEWING ALEXANDER NEVSKY
Wed.

Feb. 18

Introduce Alexandr Nevsky and the advent of sound. Zorkaya, 101-106

Bordwell, Part II, Chapter 3 pp 65-85

Fri.

Feb. 20

Introduce Man With a Movie Camera and Kino-pravda. Eisenstein, "A Dialectic Approach to Film Form"

Bordwell, Part IV, Documentary, pp. 415-420

Watch Man With a Movie Camera

PREPARE FILM REVIEW

Mon.

Feb. 23

FILM REVIEW DUE

The 1930's and Alexandrov.

Zorkaya, 107-128, 217-220

Eisenstein, "The Filmic Fourth Dimension"

VIEWING BALLAD OF A SOLDIER
Wed.

Feb. 25

Discuss Ballad Zorkaya, 128-153

Bordwell, 210-226

Eisenstein, "Methods of Montage

Fri.

Feb. 27

Discuss Ballad and the period from the 40's to the Thaw Zorkaya, 153-165

Bordwell, 226-263

Mon.

Mar. 2

Intro to the "Thaw" and Paradjanov Zorkaya, 167-181, 217-220

Eisenstein, "Film Language"

Tarkovsky, 7-35

VIEWING SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS
Wed.

Mar. 4

Discuss Shadows Zorkaya, 181-216, 220-232

Bordwell, Part II, Chapter 4

Fri.

Mar. 6

Discuss Shadows, begin Tarkovsky Zorkaya, 248-266

Tarkovsky, 36-81

Mon.

Mar. 9

Begin Sequential Analysis

Intro. to Tarkovsky

Zorkaya, 267-281

Tarkovsky, 82-104

VIEWING ANDREI RUBLEV
Wed.

Mar. 11

Discuss Andrei Rublev Zorkaya, 281-296

Tarkovsky, 104-134

Fri.

Mar. 13

Discuss Andrei Rublev Zorkaya, 297-302

Tarkovsky, 135-163

Mon.

Mar. 16

Intro. to Commissar Tarkovsky, 164-175

Bordwell, Part II, Chapter 5

Study for MIDTERM!!!

VIEWING COMMISSAR
Wed.

Mar. 18

MIDTERM!!!!! Tarkovsky, 176-201, 231-242
Fri.

Mar. 20

Discuss Commissar Zorkaya, 303-end.

SPRING BREAK

Mon.

Mar. 30

Discuss Commissar and introduce Stalker or Solaris Finish up sequential analysis
VIEWING STALKER or SOLARIS
Wed.

April 1

Discuss Tarkovsky film and

HAND IN SEQUENTIAL ANALYSIS

Fri.

April 3

Discuss Sokurov and watch

Evening Sacrifice

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