Post-Soviet Russian Cinema

This course is based on six Russian films made since the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991; each film is set contemporaneously in the time in which it was made. This is not strictly speaking a film class because we are not overly concerned with issues of the director’s style, cinematography, etc. in these films (although those issues may certainly come up and are welcome as part of our class discussion); rather, our focus will be on what these films illustrate about Russian society and politics in the post-Soviet period. We will watch these films, in other words, first and foremost as historical and sociological sources. All the films are in Russian with English subtitles.

  • Window to Paris (Okno v Parizh) (1993); dir. by Iuri Mamin
  • Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkaszkii plennik) (1996); dir. by Sergei Bodrov Sr.
  • Brother (Brat) (1997); dir. by Alexei Balabanov
  • Brother 2 (Brat 2) (2000); dir. by Alexei Balabanov
  • Leviathan (Leviafan) (2014); dir. by Andrei Zviagintsev
  • Loveless (Neliubov’) (2017); dir. by Andrei Zviagintsev

Tuesdays, 1:30 pm — 4:30 pm
March 19 — April 30 (no class April 16)
RED Cinemas

Cost: $100

Jeff Jones (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill) is Associate Professor of History.  His specific area of research is Russia-Soviet history; however, he also teaches courses in 20th century global history. He is the author of Everyday Life and the "Reconstruction" of Soviet Russia During and After the Great Patriotic War, 1943-1948.


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