SLAVIC 490 - Issues in the Cultures of Eastern Europe
Section: 002 Russian Blockbusters
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Class Misc Info:
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7 and 14. (Drop/Add deadline=Jan. 23.).
May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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There are a number of stereotypes about Russian cinema in the West, because only few Russian films make it into limited international distribution. A common stereotype is that Russian film is not entertaining, but purely propagandistic, avant-garde, or pessimistically soul-searching. Yet like any other audience, Russians enjoy a good thrill and a good cry.

In this course, we will watch a series of Russian box-office hits, packed with action, adventure, and melodrama, and populated with secret agents, drug smugglers, vampires, and teenage rebels. Our inquiry will revolve around two interrelated questions: do these films attain their goals the same way Hollywood blockbusters do? And what in the end are these goals? With an eye to Hollywood convention and influence, we will discuss the borrowed and the homegrown elements of narrative, style and ideology.

No knowledge of Russian is required.

SLAVIC 490 - Issues in the Cultures of Eastern Europe
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: This Mini-Course meets on the following dates: March 5,12,19,26, April 2 and 9. Meets with REES 410.001.
002 (LEC)
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: This mini-course will meet for 7 weeks on the following dates: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7 and 14.
003 (LAB)
Tu 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: The Screening Section for this mini-course will meet on the following dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5 and 12.
004 (LEC)
M 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: This mini-course will be offered for 7 weeks on the following dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 and 14.
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