East European Film in Comparative Perspective
with SLAV 423
This course focuses on East European directors who moved to the West (including Milos Forman, Roman Polanski, Dusan Makavejev, Agnieszka Holland, and Istvan Szabo). We will compare their East European films with their American or Western European one, and see the things we can learn about cinema in general from this comparative perspective. The course will examine in more depth the cinema of filmmakers such as Milos Forman, who did outstanding films in his native Czechoslovakia at the time of the so-called Czech New Wave of the late sixties, and then proceeded to make some of the most American Hollywood films, such as <One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest> and <The People vs. Larry Flint>, Roman Polanski, director of the Hollywood classic <Chinatown> and the 2003 Academy Award winner <The Pianist>, Agnieszka Holland, who worked in her native Poland but also in Germany, France, Great Britain, and the USA, Hungarian Istvan Szabo, and Yugoslav Dusan Makavejev.
This course will also offer a basic insight into Eastern European film production in the post-World War II period, examining issues of film making in a non-market society, the strong presence of women directors and gender-related themes in East European cinema, the vibrant tradition of experimental and animated films, and East European film in the socialist and post-socialist eras. No prerequisites.